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Intramedullary Abscess: A Report of Two Cases and a Review of the Literature

Byrne, Richard W. M.D.; Von Roenn, Kelvin A. M.D.; Whisler, Walter W. M.D., Ph.D.

Case Report

TWO CASES OF chronic spinal cord abscess are reported, and the relevant literature is reviewed with emphasis on the last 20 cases. Presentation, cause, modern diagnostic testing, operative findings, treatment choices, and prognosis are all discussed. Significant changes in the presentation, management, and outcome in these more recent cases are emphasized.

Department of Neurosurgery, Rush Medical College, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Reprint requests: Richard W. Byrne, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612.

Received, November 9, 1993. Accepted, February 24, 1994.

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