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Spinal abscess with spinal cord compression following late onset neonatal sepsis
  1. U Theilen1,
  2. M Stark1,
  3. P Kalima1,
  4. A Watt2
  1. 1Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  2. 2Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Theilen
    Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 1 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh EH9 1LF, Scotland, UK; ulf.theilen{at}

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