Clivus and cervical spinal osteomyelitis with epidural abscess presenting with multiple cranial neuropathies

S. Ausim Azizi, Pierre B. Fayad, Robert Fulbright, Monique L. Giroux, Stephen G. Waxman

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A 65-year-old diabetic man with a history of otitis was admitted with headache, neck and shoulder pain and cranial nerve abnormalities including sixth, seventh and twelfth nerve palsies, hearing loss and ptosis. Lumbar puncture revealed an elevated CSF protein and pleocytosis. Imaging procedures demonstrated osteomyelitis of the clivus that involved the epidural space and extended within the prevertebral space to the cervical spine. The patient improved after treatment with antibiotics and immobilization of the neck. This case illustrates the importance of recognizing infections of the clivus in patients with cranial nerve abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995



  • Clivus
  • Cranial neuropathies
  • Epidural abscess
  • Osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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