A spinal epidural abscess developed in a renal transplant recipient; results of a serum radioimmunoassay for Aspergillus antigen were positive. Laminectomy disclosed an abscess of the L4-5 interspace and L-5 vertebral body that contained hyphal forms and from which Aspergillus species was cultured. Serum Aspergillus antigen radioimmunoassay may be a valuable, specific early diagnostic test when systemic aspergillosis is a consideration in an immunosuppressed host.
Byrd BF, Weiner MH, McGee ZA. Aspergillus Spinal Epidural Abscess. JAMA. 1982;248(23):3138–3139. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230050031
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