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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. John Landi
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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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If I go to ER with abscess from IV drug use and tell the dr the truth, will they contact law enforcement?

If I go to ER with abscess from IV drug use and tell the dr the truth, will they contact law enforcement?

No: Absolutely not, at least in the usa. I admire your courage. Everybody makes mistakes, and I hope this is the start of a new life. Especially, I hope you can escape whatever set of circumstances led you to resort to this. Whoever offered you intravenous drugs was not truly your friend. The health care team is. ...Read more

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I just had my appendix removed last week. Now I found out I have Abscess. What is the best pain medicine for swelling?

If true abscess: You need to see you surgeon. And be started on antibiotics. That would help the pain by treating the infection. Also anti inflammatory medication would help. But an abscess could be a bad situation. So follow with your doctor asap ...Read more

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Which drug is preferable in treating an intra-abdominal abscess?

Which drug is preferable in treating an intra-abdominal abscess?

Combined therapy: Treating an intra-abdominal abscess is no easy task. Usually this takes a team of doctors - including a surgeon who may be able to drain or to operate, possibly a radiologist to insert a drain, an infectious diseases specialist to pick the right antibiotic, and other general doctors to manage everything else. An ID doc will consider allergies, cultures and clinical data to optimize your treatment. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my Bartholin's abscess or cyst until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my Bartholin's abscess or cyst until I can see a doctor?

NO, NO: The treatment can depend on one or more of these factors: the size of the cyst, how painful it is, if it is infected, and the patient's age. In some cases, a small cyst can simply be observed over time to see if it grows. In other cases, the doctor can perform a minor procedure in the office, in which a small tube is inserted into the cyst]and inflated to keep it in place. ...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