The Can’t Miss Diagnosis series focuses on diseases that are relatively rare, difficult to diagnose, and catastrophic when diagnosis
and treatment are delayed. The key to good outcomes for these diseases is to be prepared in advance to recognize and treat them,
and to address individual cases with a high index of suspicion for disorders that are infrequently seen.
Epidural abscess (EA) can injure the spinal cord by compressing it or blocking blood flow. Neurological deficits may improve remarkably when compression is relieved, but if diagnosis and treatment are delayed, catastrophic and irreversible damage can occur in mere
When you finish this course, you will know the classic symptoms of EA and be forewarned about the conditions that mimic or mask EA. You will be familiar with the all-important risk factors (nearly all EA patients fall in one of the risk-factor groups) and will have confident knowledge of the essentials of prompt treatment.