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What Does It Mean When Epidural Abscess
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does it mean when antibiotics don't help ur abscess? And do antibiotics lose their potency over time ?
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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