Signs and Symptoms

One of the early warning signs of an epidural abscess is back pain. Pain can occur anywhere along the spinal column, depending on where the infection took root, though most epidural abscesses are located in the thoracic or lumbar spinal areas.

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Diagnosis And Treatment

Proper diagnosis of an epidural abscess is required to treat it, but diagnosis can be tricky, especially if the only symptom is non-specific back pain. Prompt diagnosis is critical because a delay in treatment can lead to irreversible damage.

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Delayed Diagnosis

Delayed diagnosis of epidural abscesses adversely impacts a patient’s recovery prognosis. It may be that only after multiple treatment options are explored that a proper diagnosis is achieved. This is dangerous since delayed diagnosis can stymie recovery and, worse, lead to complete paralysis.

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Your Legal Rights

If you believe you or someone you love may be suffering the effect of epidural abscess misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure compensation for your losses. I can help identify and discuss the facts of the case to determine if the you have grounds to file a legitimate lawsuit.

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Epidural Abscess

Although epidural abscesses are infections of the spinal column, they usually don't start there. Most of these types of infections begin as infection in other parts of the body. Common infections like urinary tract infections, bone infections, bloodstream infections, and even boils can lead to an epidural abscess.

Epidural abscess is rare, but when it does occur it can be devastating. Fortunately, the condition can be diagnosed and treated with extremely effective results. An MRI is required to diagnosis epidural abscess with 100% certainty. Once an abscess has been identified, the patient will need immediate surgery to remove it. After removal, most patients experience restored function if not complete reversal of neurologic symptoms.

If you have been injured due to mistreatment or misdiagnosis of an epidural abscess, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 407-244-3000 to speak to experienced epidural abscess attorney Bill Ruffier.

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