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Spinal Epidural Abscess

"Once the classic symptoms appear and a definitive diagnosis is made, the very symptoms we look for have often become irreversible"
  • Spinal epidural abscess is an extremely rare diagnosis but a potentially devastating one.
  • It has proven to be a difficult ER diagnosis.
  • Unfortunately, once the classic symptoms appear and a definitive diagnosis is made, the very symptoms we look for have often become irreversible.
  • How can we change the way we evaluate for SEA in order to minimize diagnostic delay and thereby decrease morbidity/mortality?