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Anaerobe. 2013 Oct;23:45-7. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2013.06.014. Epub 2013 Jul 8.

Primary lumbar epidural abscess without spondylodiscitis caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum diagnosed by 16S rRNA PCR.

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Neurosurgery Department, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Feixa Llarga s/n, 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. Electronic address: Sanmillan.joseluis@gmail.com.

Abstract

We report the case of a 71-year-old woman who presented a primary spinal epidural abscess caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum. This is the second report in the medical literature to associate this organism with a primary spinal epidural abscess without spondylodiscitis. After treatment with emergency laminectomy followed by 8 weeks of antibiotic treatment the patient was cured. Oral metronidazole (500 mg every 8 h) was the definitive choice of treatment. F. necrophorum spinal epidural abscess is rare, although samples for anaerobic culture should be collected in order to improve detection of anaerobic spinal infections. PCR amplification and sequencing of the 16S rRNA permits early diagnosis in anaerobic infections.

KEYWORDS:

Fusobacterium necrophorum; Spinal epidural abscess

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23845584
DOI:
10.1016/j.anaerobe.2013.06.014
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