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could you explain what is a spinal subdural abscess?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Infection: The spinal cord is covered by a tough layer, the dura, which also extends to the brain. A subdural abscess is an infection which causes an abscess (or infection collection of fluid) beneath this layer. It can compress the cord or allow infection to enter the brain.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Once an abscess is drained, will it have to be drained again?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Usually not: Usually not but make sure you follow up with your doctor as recommended.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include: 1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example - a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins) 2. Recent spinal surgery 3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis).
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What are common complications of spinal cord abscess?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Grim: Paralysis, transient or permanent, full or partial, sepsis, osteomyelitis to name a few.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How long after an abscess lance can you return to work ?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on what kind of work you do, where it was lanced, how large it was, and if there were any complications or surrounding infection. Some i send the next day, some weeks later.
A 35-year-old female asked:

How do I cure an abscess?

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Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness.

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