25 Jun 2020
June 25, 2020
Definition: Suppurative infection enclosed within the epidural space
- Incidence: 2-3 cases per 10,000 hospitalized patients (Sendi 2008).
- Rate is increasing given the rise in number of spinal procedures and anesthesia techniques
- Mortality is low at 5%, however, if untreated paralysis may occur
- Can occur at any age but most patients are between 50 and 70 years old.