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Dr. David Edsall
104 doctors shared insights

Epidural Abscess (Overview)

An epidural abscess is a potential life threatening infection between the bone of the skull or spine & the membranes that cover them


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What the heck is epidural abscess really?

What the heck is epidural abscess really?

Infection: An epidural abscess is an infection above the covering of the brain or spinal cord, the dura. These infections can arise in the brain area due to sinus infections, skull fractures or after gunshot wounds. They can also arise in the brain or spinal cord area after infections spread to the bloodstream. They can exert pressure on the brain or spinal cord causing pain and paralysis requiring surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. David Edsall
104 doctors shared insights

Epidural Abscess (Overview)

An epidural abscess is a potential life threatening infection between the bone of the skull or spine & the membranes that cover them


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What are the symptoms of epidural abscess?

What are the symptoms of epidural abscess?

See below: Good question! an abscess is an accumulation of puss within a body cavity-in this case-within the epidural space. The primary symptoms is severe, increasing back pain and fever. In addition, the patient may have bowel or bladder incontinence, or leg numbness or weakness (spinal abscess). If the abscess is in the brain, they may c/o headache, lethargy, n/v, fever and neck stiffness. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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Can you tell me the diagnostic tests and treatment methods for epidural abscess?

Can you tell me the diagnostic tests and treatment methods for epidural abscess?

MRI, surgery: If you have an epidural abscess, it is important for you to see your physician immediately. An MRI will diagnose this problem and treatment includes surgical evacuation of the abscess and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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Are there good natural treatments for epidural abscess?

Are there good natural treatments for epidural abscess?

No: Epidural abscess is a very dangerous condition and requires IV antibiotics usually with surgical evacuation to prevent paralysis in the spinal areas. ...Read more

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How can you prevent an epidural abscess?

How can you prevent an epidural abscess?

Sterile process: Epidural abcerss=1 in a million- lethal in 12 hours complication. Prevent by anesthesiologist must wear a mask and hat. Wash hands sterile gloves. All people breathing in the room should wear a mask. The equipment (needle etc) should be sheathed and covered when not being used. Air dry the sterile prep. Do not wiped off. Use saline not air for lor, sterile dressing- remove if catheter disconnected. ...Read more

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What is an epidural abscess?

Infection : When you get infection in epidural space, it could be from epidural catheter, back surgery or could be spontaneous. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more