Drainage of a ventral epidural atlantoaxial abscess via the transoral approach

Ali A. Baaj, Puya Alikhani, Jayson Sack, Fernando Vale Diaz, Mark S. Greenberg

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Abstract

We present a 28-year-old man with neck pain, fevers, elevated acute-phase reactant levels and progressive quadraparesis. He had a history of intravenous drug abuse. Contrast-enhanced cervical spine MRI revealed a heterogeneously enhancing mass in the anterior atlantoaxial region with spinal cord compression. The patient was taken emergently to the operating room for decompression. Although the transoral approach for access to the ventral atlantoaxial complex for resection of compressive inflammatory and neoplastic lesions is well described, reports of evacuation of infectious lesions via this route are limited. Thus, we report drainage of a ventral high cervical abscess via the transoral approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1044-1045
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Intravenous Substance Abuse
Epidural Abscess
Spinal Cord Compression
Acute-Phase Proteins
Neck Pain
Operating Rooms
Decompression
Abscess
Drainage
Spine
Fever

Keywords

  • Cervical epidural abscess
  • Spinal infectious lesions
  • Transoral approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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Drainage of a ventral epidural atlantoaxial abscess via the transoral approach. / Baaj, Ali A.; Alikhani, Puya; Sack, Jayson; Vale Diaz, Fernando; Greenberg, Mark S.

In: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, Vol. 19, No. 7, 01.07.2012, p. 1044-1045.

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Baaj, Ali A. ; Alikhani, Puya ; Sack, Jayson ; Vale Diaz, Fernando ; Greenberg, Mark S. / Drainage of a ventral epidural atlantoaxial abscess via the transoral approach. In: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 7. pp. 1044-1045.
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