Spinal Epidural Abscess Questions & Answers

Updated: Jul 12, 2018
  • Author: J Stephen Huff, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is spinal epidural abscess?

What is the pathophysiology of spinal epidural abscess?

What is the prevalence of spinal epidural abscess in the US?

What is the global prevalence of spinal epidural abscess?

How does spinal epidural abscess progress if untreated?

What are the sexual predilections of spinal epidural abscess?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of spinal epidural abscess?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of spinal epidural abscess?

Which physical findings are characteristic of spinal epidural abscess?

What causes spinal epidural abscess?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of spinal epidural abscess?

What are the differential diagnoses for Spinal Epidural Abscess?

Workup

What causes errors in the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess?

What is the role of lab studies in the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess?

What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess?

What is the role of CSF analysis in the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess?

Treatment

How are spinal epidural abscesses treated?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of spinal epidural abscess?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with spinal epidural abscess?

Medications

What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of spinal epidural abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscess?

Follow-up

What is included in outpatient care for the treatment for spinal epidural abscess?

What is included in inpatient care for the treatment for spinal epidural abscess?

When is patient transfer indicated for the management of spinal epidural abscess?

What are the possible complications of spinal epidural abscess?

What is the prognosis of spinal epidural abscess?