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April 1980

Spinal Cord Abscess Caused by Listeria monocytogenes

Author Affiliations

From the Infectious Disease Service, Department of Medicine (Lt Col Morrison) and the Department of Surgery (Maj Gooding), William Beaumont Army Medical Center, EL Paso, Tex; and the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco (Capt Brown).

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(4):243-244. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500530081015

• Listeria monocytogenes organisms were isolated from an intramedullary abscess in the cervical part of the spinal cord of an afebrile, previously healthy man who was occupationally exposed to farm animals. Acute neurologic abnormalities developed after a lumbar puncture, and cord widening was shown by myelography. Surgical decompression and antibiotic treatment for four weeks resulted in apparent bacteriologic cure with moderate neurologic sequelae.

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