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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 730-732

Spinal epidural abscess post spinal anesthesia: An uncommon complication of a common procedure

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Ziauddin Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
3 Department of Neurosurgery, Denver Children's Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, USA

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Dr. Jeevesh Mallik
Specialist Block 11, Tata Main Hospital, Bistupur, Jamshedpur - 831 001, Jharkhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_154_20

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Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a severe pyogenic infection of the epidural space. Bacteria gain access to the epidural space either by hematogenous spread, contiguous spread from a neighboring infected structure, or through iatrogenic inoculation. The diagnosis of SEA is a challenge, largely because of its rarity. We present here a case of SEA of iatrogenic origin (post spinal anesthesia), which we treated at Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur.

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