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Vol. 46. Issue 10.
Pages 598-600 (October 2022)
Vol. 46. Issue 10.
Pages 598-600 (October 2022)
Images in Intensive Medicine
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Nocardia abscessus epidural abscess
Absceso epidural por Nocardia abscessus
M.V. Martínez de Pinillos Sánchez
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, T. Amat Serna, M.M. Gordillo Resina
Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Complejo Hospitalario de Jaén, Jaén, Spain
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This is the case of a 68-year-old man who works in a pet shop on topical treatment with corticoids and imiquimod. He started having descending palsy and severe respiratory failure. A cervical-dorsal magnetic resonance imaging was performed, and a collection was identified in the C1–C5 paravertebral space that was hyperintense on contrast-enhanced T2-weighted sequence, which was suggestive of an abscessified collection that continues with another C5-D1 collection (Fig. 1). Also, epidural damage on the T1-weighted sequence was found surrounding the medullary cord from C2 to C6 (Fig. 2). The patient underwent emergency surgery and Nocardia abscessus was isolated from the samples obtained. The postoperative magnetic resonance image performed confirmed a reduction of paravertebral collection and the epidural inflammatory component without evidence of collection with persistent hyperintensity on the T2-weighted sequence and damage to the C4 vertebral body (Fig. 3). The patient’s progression was satisfactory with favorable final functional outcome.

Figure 1.

Abscessified collection in the C1–C5 paravertebral space, hyperintense on the T2-weighted sequence, that continues with a different C5-D1 collection (arrows).

Figure 2.

Epidural damage surrounding the medullary cord from C2 to C6 on the T1-weighed sequence (arrows).

Figure 3.

Reduction of paravertebral collection and epidural inflammatory component without evidence of the collection (arrows). Also, the arrows are pointing to the persistence of damage to the C4 vertebral body.


Please cite this article as: Martínez de Pinillos Sánchez MV, Amat Serna T, Gordillo Resina MM. Absceso epidural por Nocardia abscessus. Med Intensiva. 2022;46:598–600.

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