Sterile abscess syndrome is a rarely described entity that is often associated with auto-inflammatory disorders. Although clinically similar to septic abscesses, sterile abscesses are known to be unaffected by antibiotic regimens and instead highly sensitive to steroids. The association of sterile abscesses with inflammatory bowel disease has been well-described. The majority of sterile abscess syndromes described in the literature are intraabdominal abscesses related to a primary gastrointestinal inflammatory disease. We describe a unique case of extra-abdominal sterile abscess syndrome associated with inflammatory bowel disease presenting as facial and paraspinal lesions.
Zheng, MD, Matthew; Jackson, MD, Kristen; Francis, MD, Gloria; and Niu, MD, Bolin
"A Case Report of Multiple Aseptic Facial and Spinal Abscesses in a 45-Year-Old with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 17, Article 16.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/tmf/vol17/iss1/16