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June 1952


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Milwaukee.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;67(6):758-762. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320180035005

A SUBDURAL spinal abscess is a collection of pus, with associated inflammatory phenomena, contained exclusively between the dura and the spinal cord. Although extradural abscess of the spinal canal is rare, purulent collections limited to the subdural space are virtually unknown. A recent successfully treated acute subdural spinal abscess prompted a careful review of the literature to determine the incidence of this unusual condition.

The first case of this kind to be reported in the English literature was that of Bennett and Keegan,1 in 1927. Since that time five additional cases2 have been reported. Because of the rarity of this lesion, it appeared worth while to tabulate the clinical features of these six cases and to compare them with the findings in the present case.

REPORT OF A CASE  History.—F. L., a married white woman aged 30, entered the orthopedic service of Mount Sinai Hospital on Dec. 11,

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