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CABRERA, Viviana; SPAGNUOLO, Edgardo  and  NICOLI, Edgar. Intramedullary abscess of the cervical spinal cord in an immunodepressed patient. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2015, vol.37, n. 2, pp.98-100. ISSN 0250-3816.

Intramedullary spinal cord abscesses are infrequent lesions. Its incidence is very low, what determines that its hand held is a difficult one. Clinically they are characterized by varied neurological syndromes, which are dominated by vertebral  pain and neurological deficits, associated with fever. The origin of these abscesses is usually related to neighbourhood foci, or to hematogenous dissemination from a distant focus. They are more frequent in patients qho are immunosuppressed or systemic conditions that promote infection in unusual topographies. The authors report a case of an inmunocompromised patient in whom an intramedullary cervical spinal cord abscess associated to spondylodiskitis was found. Neither in the image studies nor in surgery, was a continuity between both lesions confirmed. There is an analysis of the clinical case and the little literature published on the subject.

Keywords : spinal cord abscess; Surgery.

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