July 22, 2020

REBEL Core Cast 37.0 – Spinal Epidural Abscess

Take Home Points

  • Spinal Epidural Abscess may present insidiously and patients often lack the classic triad of fever, back pain and neurologic symptoms
  • Empiric Antibiotics should cover Staphylococcus (including MRSA) and Gram negative Bacilli
  • All patients with clinical suspicion require rapid evaluation with MRI as the diagnostic study of choice
  • Although not all patients will go to the operating room, surgical consult (Neurosurgery or Orthopedics) should be obtained emergently

REBEL Core Cast 37.0 – Spinal Epidural Abscess

Cite this article as: Anand Swaminathan, "REBEL Core Cast 37.0 – Spinal Epidural Abscess", REBEL EM blog, July 22, 2020. Available at: https://rebelem.com/rebel-core-cast-37-0-spinal-epidural-abscess/.
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Anand Swaminathan

Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Joe's Regional Medical Center (Paterson, NJ)
REBEL EM Associate Editor and Author

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