As the symptoms of spinal cord abscess are vague, and similar to many other diseases, your doctor will usually begin diagnosis by ordering blood tests. Some of the different types of blood tests may include CBC (complete blood count) and a test to measure protein levels in the blood.
If a blood test reveals something of concern, your doctor will order further, more comprehensive tests such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the spinal cord. This procedure generates computerized images of the spine that doctors can use to diagnose your child’s condition.
A similar test known as Computerized Tomography (CT) scan, which is a quick, painless, non-invasive and accurate imaging procedure, may also be prescribed. Your doctor may also order a spinal tap (also known as a lumbar puncture) which is an invasive procedure that taps into your spine and removes a sample of fluid for further testing.