European Radiology

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 589–591 | Cite as

Acute spinal epidural abscess in the whole spine: case report of a 2-year-old boy

  • W. C. Shen
  • S. K. Lee
  • Y. J. Ho
  • K. R. Lee
Case Report Neuroradiology


We report on an acute epidural abscess in a 2-year-old boy, extending from the C1 level to the L5 level. The causative agent was Staphylococcus aureus as proved by pus and blood culture. The infectious source was in the scrotum. The diffuse epidural abscess was readily detected by MRI, which showed hypo-intensity in T1 WI and hyperintensity in gradient echo T2-weighted images. The abscess capsule was enhanced by Gadolinium-DTPA. The patient recovered completely after adequate treatment with antibiotics and follow up MRI showed complete disappearace of the epidural abscess. abscess.

Key words

Epidural abscess, spine Magnetic resonance imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Shen
    • 1
  • S. K. Lee
    • 1
  • Y. J. Ho
    • 1
  • K. R. Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyTaichung Veterans General HospitalTaichungTaiwan, R. O. C.
  2. 2.Institute of Life ScienceNational Tsing-Hua UniversityHsin-ChuTaiwan, R. O. C.

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