Dermoid cyst with dermal sinus tract complicated with spinal subdural abscess

Chen Yin Chen, Kuang Lin Lin, Huei Shyong Wang, Tai Ngar Lui

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Spinal subdural abscess caused by spread of infection with the dermal sinus tract is rare in children. This article reports on a 1-year-old male with prolonged fever, progressive paraplegia, and bowel and bladder dysfunction resulting from a spinal subdural abscess secondary to an infected spinal dermoid cyst with a dermal sinus tract. This is the youngest patient to be reported having this condition. Surgical intervention was performed to find a tumor that had capsule and keratinlike contents. Culture of the abscess was positive for Escherichia coli and Bacteroides vulgatus. He received 6 weeks of parenteral antibiotic treatment. This patient illustrates the importance of urgent radiologic examination, immediate surgical resection, and appropriate antibiotic therapy for spinal subdural abscess.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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