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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1998;27(10): 1445-1449.
Cervical Pseudomonas Epidural Abscess after Stellate Ganglion Blocks.
Sang Wook Cheon, Joo Kyung Sung
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Taegu, Korea.
The pseudomonas spinal epidural abscess is a extremely rare disease. It is well known that early diagnosis and surgical evacuations of the lesions are very important for better treatment results. Two cases of cervical epidural abscess were admitted to our hospital with neck pain, chillness and quadriparesis. One month prior to admission, the two patients underwent stellate ganglion block at an same institution on the same day, to releive the pain in the neck and the scapular area. Antibiotic therapy was initiated immediately and surgical decompression was performed through a posterior approach. Total laminectomy of C4-C7 was done and greenish pus and granulation tissue from anterior epidural space were evacuated. Culture of the pus revealed pseudomonas aeruginosa. In both of these cases, stellate ganglion block was suspected causes of infection. First patient patient recovered completely, but second had severe neurological deficit with quadriparesis.
Key Words: Stellate ganglion block; Pseudomonas; Cervical epidural abscess
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