Arachnoiditis

 a neuropathic disease caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane that surrounds and protect the nerves of the central nervous system, (brain and spinal cord).

Etiology

 adverse reactions to:

  1.  chemicals
  2. blood
  3. steroids
  4. infection as the result of direct injury to the spine, chronic compression of spinal nerves, or complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures such as epidural steroid injections.

Manifestations:

Chronic pain 

neuralgias

Numbness and tingling of the extremities

Bowel, and bladder dysfunction (with lower spinal cord involvment)

Note: arachnoiditis has no consistent manifestation, however frequently affects the nerves that supply the legs and lower back.

Treatment and Management:

  • symptom management
  • pain relief€
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