Quick Answer: How long can a spinal infection last?

How long does it take to recover from a spinal infection?

Spinal infections are often treated without surgery. IV antibiotics are given in the hospital and/or in an outpatient facility and may continue at home for 4 to 6 weeks. Oral antibiotics may need to be taken for several months. Analgesics and spinal bracing may be used to help control pain.

How do you know if your spine is infected?

It can take a month or more to diagnose a spinal infection. Diagnostic tests include bloodwork to identify whether an infection is present and imaging tests to pinpoint the exact location and extent of the issue. Imaging tests typically include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scan.

Is a spinal infection serious?

A spinal infection is a rare, but often serious, form of disease that occurs when bacteria, fungi, or viruses invade the spinal tissues. These foreign agents can attack pretty much any part of the spine that you can image. This includes the vertebrae, spinal discs, meninges, spinal canal… and even the spinal cord.

Can a spinal infection cause paralysis?

An untreated spinal cord abscess can lead to spinal cord compression. It can cause permanent, severe paralysis and nerve loss. It may be life threatening.

Can spinal infections be fatal?

If left untreated, spine infection can lead to paralysis or even fatality. Signs of spine infection include back pain, fever and a stiff back as well as possible swelling or inflammation of the spine, sensory deficit or numb, motor weakness or paralysis.

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How is spinal inflammation treated?

Treatment Options for spinal Inflammatory Disorders

If an infection is identified, antibiotics, rest, and a brace may be used. In patients with ankylosing spondylitis, anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants often are given to control pain so patients can exercise and improve posture.

What are the 3 stages of sepsis?

The three stages of sepsis are: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. When your immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection, sepsis may develop as a result.

What is spinal sepsis?

Spinal sepsis (spinal epidural or subdural abscess) is a rare condition, which, if not diagnosed rapidly, can lead to paralysis or death. It is difficult to diagnose in its early stages as the symptoms are as yet non-specific.