Spinal Epidural Abscess Follow-up

Updated: May 31, 2022
  • Author: Omaditya (Goldey) Khanna, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Further Outpatient Care

Patients may require inpatient or outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation to recover from any neurological injury sustained from spinal epidural abscess, or for routine post-operative care after spine surgery.

Frequently, patients require a prolonged course of antibiotics, and, as such, may require home health infusion or nursing care services. 


Further Inpatient Care

If the patient has neurological deficit from spinal cord damage, nursing attention for skin care, catheter care, and physical therapy may be necessary. Patients may also require further inpatient monitoring for any new or progressive neurological injury.



In patients with suspected epidural spinal abscess, transfer to a higher level of care may be required to obtain imaging studies (eg, contrast-enhanced MRI or CT myelogram) and access to a spine surgeon for evacuation of abscess.