Brucellar Cervical Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report


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Abstract

Spinal epidural abscesses account for 1 or 2 of every 10,000 hospital admissions. Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease and still a major health problem in South America and in Mediterranean countries in both Europe and Africa. Spondylitis is one of the most frequent osteoarticular complications of Brucella infection, but cervical spine involvement is rare. In this paper, a 36-year-old man with cervical spinal brucellosis associated with epidural abscess formation and granulation tissue, and diagnosed serologically, is presented. Compression of spinal nerve roots and cord by epidural masses due to brucellar disc infection is a rare condition but should be kept in mind in differential diagnosis of cervical epidural abscess.

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