Spinal Epidural Abscesses (SEAs) are life threatening conditions caused by bacterial or fungal infections. The infection creates an inflammation involving a collection of pus between the outer membrane of the brain and spine (the meninges) or other areas of the spinal column. The excess fluid can cause compression of the spinal cord, which if undiagnosed or treated untimely can cause serious injuries, including irreversible paralysis or other nerve injury.
Risk Factors for Spinal Epidural Abscess
Although the cause of the disease is not always conclusive, a spinal epidural abscess may also be due to bodily infections. However, there are a number of risk factors for this disease, including:
- Chronic ear or sinus infections
- Head injury
- Recent neurosurgery
- Patients with boils on their back or scalp
- Individuals with bone infections
- People with a history of back surgery
- IV Drug use
Utah medical malpractice attorney Ryan Springer has extensive experience in representing victims of negligence, including failure to diagnose Spinal Epidural Abscesses. He understands the medicine and knows the standards for diagnosing and treating this potentially fatal disease. More importantly, he works closely with national experts to develop life care plans and financial experts to provide for future medical needs. If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries due to a health care provider’s failure to diagnose Spinal Epidural Abscess, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Contact Utah lawyer Ryan Springer today for a free, no obligation consultation.