Surgical Management of Spial Epidural Abscess in a Term Pregnancy: Delivery Versus Decompression Article

Web of Science: 000452225300007

Cited authors

  • Martin, Jane; Garces, Juanita; Bui, Cuong J.; Longo, Sherri


  • BACKGROUND: Acute neurologic deficits in pregnancy may be caused by a variety of etiologies. Spinal epidural abscesses are rare in the pregnant not nonpregnant state and are frequently missed on initial evaluation due to their nonspecific signs and symptoms. Only 5 cases of epidural abscesses in pregnancy have been documented in the literature, and none in a term pregnancy.; CASE: A 31-year-old woman gravida 4 para 3, presented with acute paraplegia at 37 weeks' gestation. She was diagnosed with thoracic spinal epidural abscess and was in labor. She underwent emergent repeat cesarean delivery followed immediately by decompressive laminectomy.; CONCLUSION: Spinal epidural abscess should be considered in a gravid patient with acute neurologic complaints including back pain, paraplegia, and paresthesia and signs of systemic infection. The long-term sequelae from delayed diagnosis can cause devastating maternal and fetal outcomes.

Publication date

  • 2018

Published in


International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0024-7758

Start page

  • 523

End page

  • 526


  • 63


  • 11-12