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What is an epidural abscess?

What is an epidural abscess?

Infection : When you get infection in epidural space, it could be from epidural catheter, back surgery or could be spontaneous. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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What the heck is epidural abscess really?

Infection: An epidural abscess is an infection above the covering of the brain or spinal cord, the dura. These infections can arise in the brain area due to sinus infections, skull fractures or after gunshot wounds. They can also arise in the brain or spinal cord area after infections spread to the bloodstream. They can exert pressure on the brain or spinal cord causing pain and paralysis requiring surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of epidural abscess?

What are the symptoms of epidural abscess?

See below: Good question! an abscess is an accumulation of puss within a body cavity-in this case-within the epidural space. The primary symptoms is severe, increasing back pain and fever. In addition, the patient may have bowel or bladder incontinence, or leg numbness or weakness (spinal abscess). If the abscess is in the brain, they may c/o headache, lethargy, n/v, fever and neck stiffness. ...Read more

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Can you give me some information on the epidural abscess?

Can you give me some information on the epidural abscess?

Epidural abscess: An epidural abscess is an infection that occurs anatomically between the membrane that covers your brain, called the dura mater and the skull. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Epidural abscess?

Epidural abscess: An epidural abscess is a potential life threatening infection between the bone of the skull or spine & the membranes that cover them ...Read more

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How will having epidural abscess mess up my health later in life?

How will having epidural abscess mess up my health later in life?

Death if not treated: If left untreated, the infection can overwhelm your body and you die. Alternatively, you become paralyzed from the level of the abscess and below; chronic pain; permanent physical and functional deformity. ...Read more

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How can you prevent an epidural abscess?

Sterile process: Epidural abcerss=1 in a million- lethal in 12 hours complication. Prevent by anesthesiologist must wear a mask and hat. Wash hands sterile gloves. All people breathing in the room should wear a mask. The equipment (needle etc) should be sheathed and covered when not being used. Air dry the sterile prep. Do not wiped off. Use saline not air for lor, sterile dressing- remove if catheter disconnected. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for epidural abscess?

No: Epidural abscess is a very dangerous condition and requires IV antibiotics usually with surgical evacuation to prevent paralysis in the spinal areas. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the diagnostic tests and treatment methods for epidural abscess?

Can you tell me the diagnostic tests and treatment methods for epidural abscess?

MRI, surgery: If you have an epidural abscess, it is important for you to see your physician immediately. An MRI will diagnose this problem and treatment includes surgical evacuation of the abscess and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Perianal absess last sept- drained i've had little flare ups -now 10 mnt later severe pain like 1 time! i'm afraid to go under or can they epidural?

Perianal absess last sept- drained i've had little flare ups -now 10 mnt later severe pain like 1 time! i'm afraid to go under or can they epidural?

Pain in the butt: You may have some form of inflammatory bowel disease causing the recurrence of this abscess. Recommend warm sitz baths 4-5 times a day while waiting to see the surgeon again. Long term, you may benefit from removing dairy and/or gluten from your diet. These may be promoting inflammation in your bowel leading to the recurrence of your abscess. Don't delay on getting this looked at by a surgeon. ...Read more

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What does peritonsillar abscess actually mean?

What does peritonsillar abscess actually mean?

Peritonsillar absces: Peritonsillar abscess describes a collection of pus that has collected behind an infected tonsil. ...Read more

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I have had an abscess on my chest 3 years ago. Now there is a small unpainted dark spot on the other sid of it .What does this mean? Im so scared :(

May be nothing: Sounds like increased pigmentation (a freckle) as a result of the scar form the abscess...It is best if you have it looked at so you do not need to be afraid... ...Read more

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Is your abscess meant to bleed out even when your on antibiotics for it?

Is your abscess meant to bleed out  even when your on antibiotics for it?

Yes: The only treatment for an abscess is drainage whether it opens up and drains on it's own or preferably surgically. Antibiotics may help prevent spread along the skin but really don't treat an abscess itself. After an abscess is opened, it will usually ooze a pinkish clear fluid for days or sometimes weeks depending on size. This is ok, but thick blood, lots of pus or any worsening is abnormal. ...Read more

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Does an abscess at the point of hookup of an ileostomy reversal usually mean a permanent colostomy?

Does an abscess at the point of hookup of an ileostomy reversal usually mean a permanent colostomy?

Not always: I assume you mean an ileostomy that was taken down and reanastomosed. An abscess that appears within the first 10 days usually occurs from a leak. If the location is favorable, many abscesses can be drained through the skin using x-ray guidance thus avoiding the need for another operation and a colostomy. ...Read more

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I know what cellulitis is. I have hidradenitis suppartiva. I need to know what "abscess of trunk" means in combination with cellulitis. Thanks Dr.

I know what cellulitis is. I have hidradenitis suppartiva. I need to know what "abscess of trunk" means in combination with cellulitis. Thanks Dr.

Sounds like: a ICD term used for insurance billing. Abscess and cellulitis are both terms used to describe different types of infection. You probably have both if you have hidradenitis. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

Not necessarily: once the infection is adequately treated you will not have an active MRSA infection. your skin has been colonized with MRSA and no one can really know if you will always have it. there are eradication protocols for people who carry MRSA in their nares. i would say that about 1/3 of the people i see in the hospital have MRSA. it's not something to be ashamed of. ...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


Dr. David Edsall
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Epidural Abscess (Definition)

An epidural abscess is a potential life threatening infection between the bone of the skull or spine & the ...Read more