Pseudogout, or calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) disease, is an inflammatory joint disease that most commonly involves the joints of the knees, ankles, and wrists. Pseudogout has also been known to involve the spine, especially the atlanto-occipital joint of the cervical spine, but there is limited documentation of its involvement in the lumbar spine. Though the atypical presentation of spinal pseudogout with findings consistent with discitis and epidural abscess has been documented, its presentation with associated chronic spinal epidural hematoma is a rare entity.
The authors present two separate cases of pseudogout involvement of the lumbar spine, one case presenting with a clinical and radiographic picture consistent with discitis and epidural abscess and the other with radiographic and operative findings consistent with a chronic epidural hematoma.
This case series demonstrates rare and atypical presentations of pseudogout within the lumbosacral spine.