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What is an epidural abscess?

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. Linda Callaghan
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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


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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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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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Can you give me some information on the epidural abscess?

Can you give me some information on the epidural abscess?

Epidural abscess: An epidural abscess is an infection that occurs anatomically between the membrane that covers your brain, called the dura mater and the skull. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Epidural abscess?

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

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How will having epidural abscess mess up my health later in life?

How will having epidural abscess mess up my health later in life?

Death if not treated: If left untreated, the infection can overwhelm your body and you die. Alternatively, you become paralyzed from the level of the abscess and below; chronic pain; permanent physical and functional deformity. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Perianal absess last sept- drained I've had little flare ups -now 10 mnt later severe pain like 1 time! I'm afraid to go under or can they epidural?

Perianal absess last sept- drained I've had little flare ups -now 10 mnt later severe pain like 1 time! I'm afraid to go under or can they epidural?

Pain in the butt: You may have some form of inflammatory bowel disease causing the recurrence of this abscess. Recommend warm sitz baths 4-5 times a day while waiting to see the surgeon again. Long term, you may benefit from removing dairy and/or gluten from your diet. These may be promoting inflammation in your bowel leading to the recurrence of your abscess. Don't delay on getting this looked at by a surgeon. ...Read more

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Parotid gland abscess treatment in children?

Hospitalization: This is often treated with incision and drainage with accompanying intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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I'm a 54 year old woman with lower back butt pain would this have something to do cause I have epidurals when I had my childrens?

I'm a 54 year old woman with lower back butt pain would this have something to do cause I have epidurals when I had my childrens?

Back pain: No. This is unrelated to previous epidural blocks for child birth. The back and tailbone pain is due to degeneration of the lumbar discs with loss of water content and cushioning of the discs. Physical therapy and pain management can relieve the pain. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between mumps and dental abcess in children and adults?

How to differentiate between mumps and dental abcess in children and adults?

Totally different: Mumps is a viral infection of the large salivary glands (parotid glands) in your cheeks and will cause swollen cheeks. A dental abscess is the result of an infection in a tooth and will result in swelling of the gum next to the tooth. Left untreated a dental abscess can eventually cause additional swelling in the cheek and/or neck. Your child should be seen by their pediatric dentist asap. ...Read more

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Is aptheous ulcers in children linked with abcesses on gums on a 10 year old girl like her pediatric consultant has said?

Is aptheous ulcers in children linked with abcesses on gums on a 10 year old girl like her pediatric consultant has said?

Aphthous ulcers: It's hard to comment on your question because first, we cannot examine your child and secondly we can't be 100% sure exactly why your "pediatric consultant" actually said. Even intelligent, loving individuals sometimes don't hear and repeat everything accurately. The cause of true aphthous ulcers is not fully understood. It most likely is related to a combination of stress and local irritation. ...Read more

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What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

Open & drain Vs med: Occasionally these respond to a warm compress with spontaneous drainage & oral meds can assist the process but many recur. Those that are large or located near the anal outlet often require incision and drainage. Some can be done in an office & some may require day surgery. ...Read more

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I get bad abscesses in my inner buttcheek up to 3@ time and it’s only blood/popped and days later I get them again same area been going on for a while?

I get bad abscesses in my inner buttcheek up to 3@ time and it’s only blood/popped and days later I get them again same area been going on for a while?

Staph? Hidradenitis?: This could be recurent boils etc due to staph, strep, or other bacteria. Another possibility is hidradenitis suppurativa, an inflammatory conditions that behaves a lot like infection but antibiotics don't help. Discuss with your doctor -- or perhaps see a dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Will an abscess cause remote pain?

Possibly: Especially if blood becomes infected and seeds other areas of the body. ...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


Dr. David Edsall
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Epidural Abscess (Definition)

An epidural abscess is a potential life threatening infection between the bone of the skull or spine & the ...Read more