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A spinal epidural abscess is an infection in the epidural space surround the spinal cord. It contains bacteria or other microbes and may cause neurological problems by localized pressure on the spinal cord or spinal cord vessels.
A spinal epidural abscess may occur due to:
People with epidural abscesses may be very sick. They may show:
There will be normal signs of infection with swinging fevers, hot/cold flushes and drenching sweats.
There will be severe back pain localized over the site of the abscess. Specific neurological signs may include gradual paraplegia and loss of control of bowels and bladders.
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