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Epidural abscess

Summary of Epidural abscess
An epidural abscess refers to a collection of pus and infectious material located in the epidural space of the central nervous system. Due to its location adjacent to brain or spinal cord, epidural abscesses have the potential to cause weakness, pain, and paralysis.



Nervous system


Central nervous system disorders
Central and peripheral nervous system disorders
Peripheral nervous system disorders
Autonomic nervous system disorders
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Epidural abscess

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USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE

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USMLE® Step 2 style questions USMLE

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A 56-year-old male patient presents with a mild fever, radicular back pain, and loss of bladder control. Medical history is significant for a recent respiratory tract infection of unknown origin that resolved on its own. Physical examination reveals percussion tenderness in the lower back and signs of spinal cord compression including bilateral lower limb paresis and saddle anesthesia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows a spinal epidural abscess at vertebral level T11. 

Based on the patient's history, examination, and MRI, what is the most likely causative agent for the patient's condition?

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