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Doctor insights on: What Are Common Complications Of Spinal Cord Abscess

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include: 1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example - a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins) 2. Recent spinal surgery 3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis). ...Read more

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Can UTI lead to abscess of the spinal cord?

Yes: The infection can spread, often through a cluster of veins called batson's plexus, upwards and cause infection of a veterbra or a disc and spread into the spinal canal causing an epidural spinal abscess. ...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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What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urinary tract infection, pressure sores, autonomic dysreflexia (severe high blood pressure), fractures and deformity of the paralyzed limbs, osteoporosis, depression. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

Please help! what is the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

Astrocytomas: Tumors that arise in the osseous spine and invade the cord are the vertebral tumors. Tumors that begin within the cells of the spinal cord are the Intramedullary tumors , such as astrocytomas or ependymomas. The other tumors (extramedullary) develop within the supporting network of cells around the spinal cord and include schwannomas, meningiomas and neurofibromas. ...Read more

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What is 'detethering of the spinal cord'? How common is it, successful and what are the risks?

What is 'detethering of the spinal cord'? How common is it, successful and what are the risks?

Tethered cord: This is when the spinal cord is held in tension due to its attachments being 'terhered'. Can see it with various pathology. In an appropriately symptomatic patient, detethering the cord can provide significant relief but depending on particular case can be associated with risks, including re-tethering of the cord. Please speak to your neurosurgeon regarding the specific risks in specific case. ...Read more

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What are the common risks of spinal cord stimulation surgery?

What are the common risks of spinal cord stimulation surgery?

Different: The low risks of such a procedure include infection, hematoma, neurologic injury, broken wire, loss or change in stimulation over time, dural tear, migration of wire leads, and failure of the wire or pulse generator. Prior to undergoing any procedure, speak with your doctor prior to undergoing any spinal procedures for full risks and benefits. ...Read more

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