Aspergillus osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine complicated with orbital apex syndrome: A potential role of the Batson's plexus in disease propagation

Jose F. Camargo, Vimon Seriburi, Michael Tenner, Marc Y. El Khoury

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Abstract

We report a rare case of orbital apex syndrome following epidural steroid injections of the lumbar spine in an immunocompetent individual with osteomyelitis and discitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus. We suspect that the craniospinal venous system, also known as the Batson's plexus, was the main route for steroid-facilitated disease propagation from the spine to intracranial structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Mycology Case Reports
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aspergillus
  • Batson's plexus
  • Orbital apex syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Voriconazole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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