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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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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


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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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Could abscessed tooth cause spinal damage?

Possibley: Under rare circumstances, an abscess in one part of the body can spread to another part. The spinal damage would have to be related to infection in the spine from the same bacteria that caused the dental abscess. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

By growing on or : Cancer can affect the bones of the spine leading to deformity or a fracture compressing the spinal cord or the cancer can grow about the spinal cord and enlarge placing compression like a disc herniation or spinal stenosis or even grow fron within the spinal cord leading to compression effects. ...Read more

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When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

Spinal cord tumors: Tumors in the central nervous system can often grow very slowly and displace tissue gently. At some point the tumor will cause symptoms either by infiltration, compression or edema. Once the symptoms start they should be constant and progressive. Vascular lesions are much more likely to cause intermittent symptoms.. ...Read more

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What causes the occupital bone to be really long. Almost where it touches the spinal cord?

What causes the occupital bone to be really long. Almost where it touches the spinal cord?

Hard to say!: Do you have scoliosis of the upper back that exaggerates the curve of the neck forward? So head tilts farther back? Do others in your family have the same problem? Get checked in see if you have some curvature of the spine. ...Read more

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Could a spinal cord syrinx start to cause neuropathic problems despite not changing in size?

Syrinx: Unusual but yes it can happen. It really depends on the size of the syrinx, the smaller and shorter ones this would be quite unusual - in the larger and longer ones this would be more typical but still unusual. ...Read more

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When the spinal cord is too small and causes pain and numbness in the body, what is that called?

When the spinal cord is too small and causes pain and numbness in the body, what is that called?

Talk to MD: This sounds like tethered cord syndrome. This should be looked at by your physician. There are surgical options to relive this, and a consult with a neurosurgeon is one avenue that should be explored. ...Read more

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What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

What can be a possible cause of "widening of the spinal cord"?

Many things : It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a spinal cord disorder or disease that may cause death before the age of 30?

Can you tell me of a spinal cord disorder or disease that may cause death before the age of 30?

Are you worried?: ALS is the disease I think of first. Are you concerned that you have one? There is no background information in your post whatsoever, so under the circumstances I can't think of anything to add. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

If: Placed correctly should help with pinched nerve, sometimes they migrate (leads) go have them checked. ...Read more

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I have an injury to my spinal cord. Will that cause any problems if I ski?

I have an injury to my spinal cord. Will that cause any problems if I ski?

Perhaps: If the injury causes leg weakness or numbness, or spasticity, be very careful, and be evaluated by a rehab doc first, as your athletic ability may be compromised. If may be that you need to try easy, beginner slopes initially to be comfortable. Prior to buying your season pass, you may try, with supervision, balancing and strength activities using a trampoline to check it out. ...Read more