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Spinal subdural empyema

Cross section of spinal cord and surrounding meninges from a 10-year-old girl. The spinal cord exhibits myelomalacia and is surrounded by a thick layer of pus. (Contributed by Dr. John Greenlee.)

Associated Disorders

  • Acute bacterial meningitis
  • Back trauma or surgery
  • Decubitus ulcers
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Disc space infection
  • Intravenous drug abuse
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal epidural abscess