This condition is an infection between the membrane the covers the brain and spinal cord (dura) and the bones of the spinal column. It can result in a collection of pus that can press harmfully against the spinal cord, causing problems throughout the body.
Spinal epidural abscess is typically caused by a bacterial infection, although it can also be caused by a fungal infection. In many cases, the infection begins in the bloodstream,the intervertebral discs, or vertebral body bones and then moves into the epidural space. People who have had surgical procedures involving the spine may also develop this condition.
Symptoms may include fever, severe back or neck pain, and neurologic symptoms such as weakness, numbness and problems with bowel or bladder function. Treatment options include antibiotics and surgery to drain the abscess.
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