Cervical Epidural Abscess Mimicking as Stroke - Report of Two Cases

Jagan Mohana Reddy Velpula*, Harinder Gakhar, Kohilavani Sigamoney, Rajendra Bommireddy
Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK

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Stroke is a common provisional diagnosis in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with unilateral neurological deficit. Cervical epidural abscess (CEA) may also present clinically with a unilateral neurological deficit.


To highlight the inherent problems with diagnosing cervical epidural abscess and possible consequences of delay in diagnosis.

Case Report:

We would like to highlight two cases provisionally diagnosed as stroke. Both cases turned out to be cervical epidural abscesses. The delay in diagnosis and treatment led to suboptimal outcome in both cases.


Cases with suspected stroke who deteriorate while under treatment or whose diagnosis is doubtful should have MRI whole spine in order to avoid potential complications.

Keywords: : Discitis, stroke, cervical epidural abscess..