Epidural abscess - Symptom
Abscess - epidural; Spinal abscess
Spinal epidural abscess:
Intracranial epidural abscess:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain at the site of recent surgery that gets worse (especially if fever is present)
Neurological symptoms depend on the location of the abscess and may include:
- Decreased ability to move any part of the body
- Loss of sensation in any area of the body, or abnormal changes in sensation
Signs and tests:
The health care provider will perform an exam to look for a loss of functions such as movement or sensation.
Tests may include:
- Blood culture
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- CT scan of head or spine
- MRI of head or spine
- Reviewed last on: 9/15/2010
- David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Nath A. Brain abscess and parameningeal infections. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 438.
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