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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
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Spinal Abscess (Overview)

Spinal abscess = spinal cord abscess (SCA) = accumulation of pus/ swelling on the spinal cord associated with infection.


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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
19 doctors shared insights

Spinal Abscess (Overview)

Spinal abscess = spinal cord abscess (SCA) = accumulation of pus/ swelling on the spinal cord associated with infection.


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What is a spinal abscess?

What is a spinal abscess?

Infection: An abscess is a localized area of infected tissue, usually secondary to a bacterial infection. If this involves the vertebral column or is within the spinal canal, this could be very dangerous and life threatening and would require emergency treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner Dr. Lerner
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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Spinal disc herniation is what?

Spinal disc herniation is what?

Symptom Vs Cause: A disc herniation causes sciatica, which is a symptom of back & leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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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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Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

Lumbar canal stenosis is orthopedic or neurosurgical problem?

LLumbar Stenosis: Either an Orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine or a neurosurgeon can help you with lumbar stenosis. Many times conservative treatment with therapy and injections and medications can give one relief of painful symptoms. Hope this help. Take care. Joe Wilson ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of spinal abscess?

What are the most common symptoms of spinal abscess?

Pain: Having a spinal abscess is associated with severe back pain, neurologic deterioration, fevers, chills, sweats, and elevated temperature. Of course, if surgery was performed there may be wound issues, such as drainage or dehissence.There are also lab work abnormalities that are associated with a spinal abscess. If suspected, i would recommend calling your doctor and consider visiting the er. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...Read more

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Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
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Get an x-ray or MRI if you are not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if you are not better in 6 weeks
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What`s the treatment for SPINAL MENINGEAL CYST on S2-3 SPINAL CANAL??

What`s the treatment for SPINAL MENINGEAL CYST on S2-3 SPINAL CANAL??

Please clarify: This must have been seen on an MRI. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & made an impulse purchase. A doctor ORDERED the scan, for a reason. Why are you posting here? It's the ordering Dr''s ethical obligation to interpret the test results for you. The MRI isn't the patient. YOU are. How do you know this meningeal cyst needs any treatment at all? Is it the cause of your problem? ...Read more

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Tooth abscess or mastoiditis symptooms?

Tooth abscess or mastoiditis symptooms?

Different symptoms: See your dentist if you think you have an abscess in your mouth or you have dental pain. Mastoiditis needs immediate care by an md. ...Read more

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Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Depends: If the symptoms aren't bad then i generally do not recommend surgery. If someone can't walk a block and has failed physical therapy and epidural steroids, surgery can be helpful. ...Read more

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What condition occurs when a herniated intervertebral disk compresses a spinal nerve root?

What condition occurs when a herniated intervertebral disk compresses a spinal nerve root?

Radiculopathy: Usually symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness along the distribution of the nerve being compressed; if it is in the neck it goes into the arm, in the back it travels into the leg. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal abscess?

What are the tests for spinal abscess?

X-ray and MRI: Mri is the gold staderd to diagnose spinal abcess. ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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