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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)

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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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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