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Lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess complicating recurrent pilonidal cyst: Report of a case.

Verdú, Aurelio M.D.; García-Granero, Eduardo M.D.; García-Fuster, Maria Jose M.D.; Martin, Antonio M.D.; Millan, Monica M.D.; Lledo, Salvador M.D.
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum: July 2000
doi: 10.1007/BF02237370
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PURPOSE: This study was conducted to report the rare presentation of lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess as a complication of a pilonidal cyst.

METHODS: A case report is presented.

RESULTS: We describe the rare case of a male patient with diabetes with a recurring pilonidal cyst who developed a lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess three weeks after pilonidal cyst excision with epidural anesthesia, with a fatal outcome despite emergency treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: Life-threatening complications should be kept in mind in high-risk patients with repetitive surgery and neurologic involvement.

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