Cranial and spinal subdural empyema

Pasquale De Bonis, Carmelo Anile, Angelo Pompucci, Maria Labonia, Corrado Lucantoni, Annunziato Mangiola

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Subdural empyema represents a loculated suppuration between the dura and the arachnoid. It has been described either intracranially or in the spinal canal, the latter localization being quite rare. It is a rare but serious illness with a declining mortality rate but rather frequent neurological sequelae. Morbidity and mortality in intracranial and spinal subdural empyema directly relate to the delay in diagnosis and therapy. The epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology and symptoms of spinal subdural empyema and cranial subdural empyema are somewhat different, but brain and spinal subdural empyema are not always two different entities. An adequate treatment strategy should be selected on a case-by-case basis, expecially for patients with a massive CNS involvement, where management represents a challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Abscess
  • Brain subdural empyema
  • Cranial subdural empyema
  • Spinal subdural empyema
  • Subdural collection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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