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Korean J Spine. 2017 Mar;14(1):20-22. doi: 10.14245/kjs.2017.14.1.20. Epub 2017 Mar 31.

Destruction of the C2 Body due to Cervical Actinomycosis: Connection between Spinal Epidural Abscess and Retropharyngeal Abscess.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea.
Department of Neurosurgery, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea.


Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition, with only a limited number of case reports published. To the best of our knowledge, no cases have been reported of epidural abscess causing destruction of the C2 body, bringing about a direct connection between spinal epidural and retropharyngeal abscesses. Here, we present such a case that occurred after acupuncture, and we review the relevant literature.


Abscess; Actinomycosis; Cervical

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