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What the heck is epidural abscess really?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Teal
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: Giant Zit
It's an abscess on your spine.
Imagine a huge zit under the skin, on your spine, that is painful and can't go anywhere as more and more pus builds up, causing even more pressure that no pain medication can relieve- until it's drained by a professional. Don't try to pop this "giant zit" yourself.

In brief: Giant Zit
It's an abscess on your spine.
Imagine a huge zit under the skin, on your spine, that is painful and can't go anywhere as more and more pus builds up, causing even more pressure that no pain medication can relieve- until it's drained by a professional. Don't try to pop this "giant zit" yourself.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Untreated epidural abscesses can compress the spinal column and cause paralysis. Agree with Dr. Po. This is one of the infectious disease emergencies and should undergo rapid evaluation and treatment. The combination of back pain and fever mandates a complete work-up.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Infection
A pocket of pus.

In brief: Infection
A pocket of pus.
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