Psoas abscess is a rare and occasionally life-threatening condition. In the past, the major cause of psoas abscess was a descending infection originating from spine tuberculosis (Pott's disease). Subsequently, secondary infection from spondylodiscitis or Crohn's disease has become the prevalent aetiology. Conventional treatment ranges from antibiotic therapy alone to CT-guided and/or surgical drainage. We present the case of a 67-year-old man with a complex history, including pneumonia, sepsis and previous muscle-skeletal trauma. The patient subsequently developed a psoas abscess that was successfully treated with a minimally invasive retroperitoneoscopic approach and antibiotics. Blood cultures and pus yielded Gram-positive Streptococcus sp, and transesophageal echocardiography identified endocarditis as a possible source of sepsis. Postoperative clinical course was complicated by recurrent sepsis that required a change of antibiotic therapy. The patient was eventually discharged to rehabilitation care without further complications. The retroperitoneoscopic approach is safe and effective for the treatment of cryptogenic psoas abscess.

Retroperitoneoscopic drainage of cryptogenic psoas abscess / C. Froiio, D.T. Bernardi, E. Asti, L. Bonavina. - In: BMJ CASE REPORT. - ISSN 1757-790X. - 13:7(2020 Jul 08).

Retroperitoneoscopic drainage of cryptogenic psoas abscess

C. Froiio
Primo
;
D.T. Bernardi
Secondo
;
E. Asti
Penultimo
;
L. Bonavina
Ultimo
2020-07-08

Abstract

Psoas abscess is a rare and occasionally life-threatening condition. In the past, the major cause of psoas abscess was a descending infection originating from spine tuberculosis (Pott's disease). Subsequently, secondary infection from spondylodiscitis or Crohn's disease has become the prevalent aetiology. Conventional treatment ranges from antibiotic therapy alone to CT-guided and/or surgical drainage. We present the case of a 67-year-old man with a complex history, including pneumonia, sepsis and previous muscle-skeletal trauma. The patient subsequently developed a psoas abscess that was successfully treated with a minimally invasive retroperitoneoscopic approach and antibiotics. Blood cultures and pus yielded Gram-positive Streptococcus sp, and transesophageal echocardiography identified endocarditis as a possible source of sepsis. Postoperative clinical course was complicated by recurrent sepsis that required a change of antibiotic therapy. The patient was eventually discharged to rehabilitation care without further complications. The retroperitoneoscopic approach is safe and effective for the treatment of cryptogenic psoas abscess.
adult intensive care; general surgery; infections; radiology
Settore MED/18 - Chirurgia Generale
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