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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

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 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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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 can someone get a spinal abscess and what can be done about it?

How can someone get a spinal abscess and what can be done about it?

Through the blood: Spinal abscess may occur after surgery but most commonly are caused by bacteria that gets into the blood from another source. It requires aggressive treatment with powerful antibiotics and often will require urgent surgery to prevent damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots. ...Read more

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Surgery was for a spinal abscess. Crp and ESR still elevated and 100.8 fever.besides MRI anything else to do? Added info. From previous question.

Surgery was for a spinal abscess.  Crp and ESR still elevated and 100.8 fever.besides MRI anything else to do? Added info. From previous question.

Antibiotics: Besides surgery, you need antibiotics and modifiy your antibiotics according the culture sensitivity. I recommend antibiotics use in this situation be guided by an infectious specialist. CRP and ESR elevation are reactive to infection. It will take a while for them to come down. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a spinal subdural abscess?

Infection: The spinal cord is covered by a tough layer, the dura, which also extends to the brain. A subdural abscess is an infection which causes an abscess (or infection collection of fluid) beneath this layer. It can compress the cord or allow infection to enter the brain. ...Read more

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Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Could an abscess of the tonsils lead to spinal meningitis?

Highly unlikely: It would be extraordinarily difficult to contract spinal meningitis in this manner. But if you have any concerns, it's always better to convey your concerns to your family doctor. ...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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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
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Spinal Abscess (Definition)

A spinal abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) surrounding the spinal cord. The affected area may be swollen and irritated, and common symptoms may include fever, a loss of bladder control, and ...Read more