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Chemical epidural abscess: case report
  1. N. Vijayan,
  2. P. M. Dreyfus
  1. Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, California, U.S.A.
  2. The Neurology Service, Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.


    Spinal epidural abscess accompanies blood-borne infection, vertebral osteomyelitis, or an overlying cutaneous source of infection. This report documents the development of non-infective epidural abscess where the inflammatory response was induced by the highly irritant contents (keratin and cholesterol) of an underlying epidermoid. This was associated with aseptic meningitis.

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