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Large paraspinal abscess as a complication of infliximab therapy in Crohn’s disease


We report a 36-year-old man who developed a large epidural and paraspinal abscess as a complication of infliximab therapy being used for underlying Crohn’s disease. Cultures of the collection grew methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, and treatment consisted of abscess drainage, prolonged intravenous and oral flucloxacillin and temporary withholding of his infliximab. While infection-related complications are well described with infliximab therapy, this is the first description of a large paraspinal abscess with epidural extension.

  • crohn’s disease
  • infection (neurology)
  • bone and joint infections
  • infections

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