Spinal Abscess is sometimes misdiagnosed as Acute Pyelonephritis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Acute Pyelonephritis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Spinal Abscess.

Spinal cord abscess is a condition that causes inflammation of the spinal cord due to infection. If the abscess is not treated and continues to grow it causes vague neurological symptoms in the patient such as pain, weakness, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, and loss of control over your bladder and bowels. Due to these vague symptoms it can be challenging for doctors to diagnose as it presents similarly to so many neurological conditions. Without treatment due to misdiagnosis it can cause the infection to spread to other areas of the body resulting in sepsis and even death.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Rapidly progressing weakness, sensation loss under abscess area, sudden onset of pain, sharp pain that can radiate to limbs, paralysis under the abscess area, loss of control of bladder and bowels, fever

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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