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Doctor insights on: How Can You Empirically Treat Spinal Infections

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How can you empirically treat spinal infections?

Smart guess: "empirically treat" means taking an educated guess. The scenario you describe means there is an infection but it has not been determined which bug causes it. When there is no precise information on the infectious organism, usually two or three antibiotics are chosen and given to the patient "empirically" to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How to treat a staph infection from spinal surgery?

How to treat a staph infection from spinal surgery?

Varies: It varies based upon the nature of the infection and the nature of the surgery performed. At a minimum, antibiotics are required, but sometimes return to the or to wash out the wound and remove the instrumentation involved is required. You would definitely need to be closely followed by your surgeon and sometimes they will involve an infectious disease specialist as well. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is there a chance that an old spinal fusion caused an infection?

Is there a chance that an old spinal fusion caused an infection?

Possibly: Bone infections are usually very slow; bacteria, even the dreaded mrsa, often slow down their metabolism when they infect bone. Because of this, an occult infection can go a long while, even years, before it manifests with symptoms. Any time there is instrumentation/surgery, there is risk of infection. ...Read more

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How often is iritis associated with serious issues rather than it just being a simple treatable infection?

How often is iritis associated with serious issues rather than it just being a simple treatable infection?

50-60%: A lot of causes are known to result in iritis, and a careful work up is necessary to diagnose these. About 40% are a result of unknown cause, leaving the remainder of the cases of iritis with an evaluable cause. ...Read more

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My baby is only 6 days old and hasn't been able to come home yet because of infection they want to do a 3rd spinal tap. I don't want them too?

My baby is only 6 days old and hasn't been able to come home yet because of infection they want to do a 3rd spinal tap.  I don't want them too?

Parenting: I remember when my first son got a high fever and had to have a spinal tap. I felt completely helpless as i held him sobbing while the doctor completed the procedure. Now as a physician with some experience i can promise you that you want your baby to get all of the appropriate care and testing and treatment so that they get better in the best way possible. Know that we all understand this pain. ...Read more

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Is hep b infection treatable?

Is hep b infection treatable?

Yes: There are a number of good drugs that treat hepatitis b. They are used for chronic hepatitis, not acute hepatitis. ...Read more

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Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes: Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. ...Read more

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Are all vaginal infections self-treatable?

Are all vaginal infections self-treatable?

No: Some yeast infections may respond to otc antifungals. If they dont respond then your doctor will prescribe a stronger antifungal either a cream or pill. Bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas needs to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

Are there official recommendations for treating brain and spinal infections?

Exam, size, location: Brain and spinal infections often contradict the long-standing surgical belief that infections always need to be drained. In both cases, some infections will benefit from drainage and this is typically done in conjunction with the sampling of the infection to diagnose the particular pathogen. The decision is based on the location and on the amount of volume. Antibiotics is the longterm solution. ...Read more