In small case reports and case series where sufficient details were stated, we could find only 11 previously described cases of spinal epidural abscess managed by percutaneous drainage, involving either needle aspiration or catheter drainage and irrigation.
We successfully treated this transcervical, transthoracic infection surgically via a transoral approach to the retropharyngeal abscess combined with catheter drainage and irrigation of the abscess cavity at a depth of 13 cm.
Appell concludes that the data "indicates that a self-controlled valved catheter is feasible, safe and appreciated by patients, especially demonstrated in patients who had previous experience with a Foley catheter drainage system.
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4,5) Jain et al (15) claimed that direct infusion of antituberculous agents were more effective than systemic application when used in combination with simple needle aspiration or short-term catheter drainage of TLA, because the thick fibrous tissue around the abscess cavity and the large size of the lesion may prevent the antibiotics from reaching the target.