MR imaging of lumber epidural spinal infection

H. Gobara, H. Fujiwara, S. Hase, H. Kodama, Y. Hiraki

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Five patients with spinal epidural abscess were evaluated with MR imaging. The lesions were best visualized on T1 weighted images with gadopentetate dimeglumine. In all five cases, peripheral enhancement surrounded a central focus of low signal intensity, representing necrotic abscess. In three cases, initial MR imaging showed normal appearance or only hyperintensity of the intervertebral disk. But a epidural abscess could be demonstrated clearly in each patient on follow-up MRI. Therefore, repetitive examinations may be warranted if there is suspicion of intraspinal infection on clinical grounds, even if the initial MRI scans show no abnormality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-799
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Radiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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