Successful treatment of cervical spinal epidural empyema secondary to grass awn migration in a cat

Nicolas Granger, Antoine Hidalgo, Dimitri Leperlier, Kirsten Gnirs, Jean-Laurent Thibaud, Françoise Delisle, Stéphane Blot

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Abstract

Spinal epidural empyema (SEE) represents a severe pyogenic infection of the epidural space. Clinical signs of the disease are non-specific--increased body temperature, intense neck pain, neurological signs of a transverse myelopathy--and can lead to severe and permanent neurological deficits. This report describes the diagnosis and successful surgical treatment of cervical SEE secondary to grass awn migration in a cat. Although it is uncommon, this disease should be suspected in cats with progressive myelopathy. Early diagnosis and emergency surgery combined with antibiotic therapy are required to allow a complete recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-5
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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