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Spinal disease presenting as acute abdominal pain
BMJ: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Rashid Jooma, Aga Khan University
  • MJ Torrens, Frenchay Hospital, Bristo
Publication Date
8-1-1983
Document Type
Article
Disciplines
Abstract
SIR,-Mr Flood and others are correct in what they write, but their discussion of spinal infection covers only part of the clinical problem. They have assumed that "spinal infection" means osteomyelitis of the spine, whereas the commonest infective cause of paraplegia is extradural spinal abscess, as in the case we reported. In such patients there are usually no changes on the plain radio- graphs, no osteomyelitis, and the abscess is diffusely distributed through the epidural space. Laminectomy and drainage are the correct treatment for extradural spinal abscess
Citation Information
Rashid Jooma and MJ Torrens. "Spinal disease presenting as acute abdominal pain" BMJ: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol. 287 Iss. 6392 (1983) p. 617
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rashid_jooma/77/