Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus retropharyngeal abscess complicated by a cervical spinal subdural empyema

Shiuan Horng Chern, Chih Peng Wei, Ru L. Hsieh, Jiun Ling Wang

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cervical spinal subdural empyema as a result of a retropharyngeal abscess has not been reported previously. We present a 65-year-old male intravenous drug user who developed spinal subdural empyema after an operation for a retropharyngeal abscess. Although imaging diagnosis and follow-up surgery were performed quickly, the neurological outcome was poor. We review the literature on retropharyngeal abscess with intraspinal infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009



  • Bacteremia
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Spinal subdural empyema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Neurology

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