I hope I am posting in the correct location, if not I appologise but I was hoping I could get some advice. A relation of mine currently has a spinal abscess between his C2-3 vertibrae. The abscess appears not to be growing any further but the patient has been on anti biotics for 12 weeks with no obvious signs that the abscess is shrinking acording to the MRI's taken.
He has also declined rapidly in terms of his health and gone from reasonably active person to being bedridden. He now has a urinary tract infection, an AF condition, a tremor and his short term memory appears to be compromised.
We have had a CT done to rule out stroke or other brain trauma and are told by our doctors that a majority of his symptoms can be attributed to this abscess. However as he has had extensive radiotherapy to the neck area in the past surgery is/was extremely risky.
At the moment the added complication is that he is now also too ill to undergo any surgery.
My question being, if the antibiotics appear to be doing nothing and surgery is dangerous (Apparently the abscess is near the front of his spine) what do we do? I am relativly certain that without some sort of definitive action his condition will worsen and he will simply die there before anyone decided on what to do with him.
I appologise in advance for the sparse medical details, I am not a doctor but if you require something specifically regarding this condition I can get that for you.
Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated