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SEA -- Don’t Wait for the Patient to Paralyze

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Background: Spinal epidural abscesses (SEAs) are often diagnosed late with consequences that range from permanent neurologic deficit to death. Little information is available on the medicolegal aspects of SEAs. Only 1 report on spinal epidural abscesses (SEA)-related lawsuits was published. This report is a limited survey of 19 cases including some spinal epidural hematomas. It concluded that postponing the surgery leads to unfavorable verdicts. Design: Retrospective, 1988 to 2015, more...
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