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Psoas abscess secondary to lumbar spondylodiscitis caused by gram negative bacilli



Psoas abscess secondary to lumbar spondylodiscitis caused by gram negative bacilli



Anales de Medicina Interna 15(8): 436-438



The association between psoas abscess and lumbar spondylodiscitis by Gram negative bacilli represents a rare clinical entity. Sometimes the absence of demonstrative symptoms complicates the diagnostic schema. We report about a 72 year-old woman, without previous known diabetes mellitus, who was admitted because of fever of one week duration and a non-ketotic hyperosmolar coma. A left psoas abscess was identified by abdominal computed tomography (CT). The abscess was in communication with the L1-L2 intervertebral space. Although Escherichia coli was identified as the causing agent and appropriate antibiotic therapy was administered, the resolution of the abscess occurred only after the implantation of a percutaneous catheter guided by CT without additional surgery. Percutaneous drainage as a diagnostic-therapeutic technique has rendered the surgery as the last resort in the treatment of psoas abscess.

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