[Subdural abscess. Rare complication of epidural infiltration. Apropos of a case and review of the literature]

J Radiol. 1993 Apr;74(4):205-9.
[Article in French]


Lumbar subdural abscesses have rarely been reported in the literature, and the complications of epidural infiltrations predominantly include arachnoiditis, meningitis and epidural abscesses. We report a case of lumbar subdural abscess confirmed by surgery, which appeared following epidural infiltration for lumbar sciatica and was examined with computed tomography and MRI. Only the latter technique alone showed the abscess, after gadolinium injection, and established its intradural site.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / adverse effects*
  • Adult
  • Empyema, Subdural / diagnosis
  • Empyema, Subdural / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections, Epidural / adverse effects*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones