Abscess, Epidural

Circumscribed Collections of suppurative material occurring in the spinal or intracranial Epidural Space. The majority of epidural Abscesses occur in the spinal canal and are associated with OSTEOMYELITIS of a vertebral body; Analgesia, Epidural; and other conditions. Clinical manifestations include local and radicular Pain, weakness, sensory loss, Urinary Incontinence, and Fecal Incontinence. Cranial epidural Abscesses are usually associated with OSTEOMYELITIS of a cranial bone, Sinusitis, or Otitis Media. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p710 and pp1240-1; J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1998 Aug;65(2):209-12)