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December 1967

Spinal Epidural Abscess in a 1-Month-Old Child

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From the Hospital St. Vincent De Paul, Paris.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(6):665-667. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090270121017

SUPPURATION occurring in the spinal epidural space is an uncommon though well-known entity in adults and older children.1-3 On the other hand, only very few cases have been reported in children below 5 years of age. Only four patients under 1 year of age are known,4-7 although not a single patient in this age range has been operated upon successfully. The purpose of this paper is to report a 5-week-old infant with this disease. The disease was surgically corrected with apparent complete recovery.

Report of a Case  A 30-day-old white female infant was admitted on Sept 29, 1966. She had not moved her legs well since that morning. Her past medical history was noncontributory. She was the first-born child of healthy parents. The mother's pregnancy and delivery had been normal. The child's weight was 3,250 gm at birth and her condition was good. She had been breast-fed up

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