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Epidural Spinal Abscess

A 47 year-old man developed mid-back pain followed by numbness and weakness in both legs over the next two weeks associated with urinary incontinence.

Show the Epidural Abscess                                Show the Gadolinium Enhancement

Sagittal MRI of the Thoracic Spine (Left - T1; Middle - T1 with Gadolinium; Right - T2).    Note the lesion which is bright on T2 (right) and enhances with contrast (middle compared to the left).  The lesion is clearly extra-axial and is compressing the spinal cord.  Emergency surgery demonstrated an epidural abscess with gram positive cocci.

Revised 04/24/06.
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