Challenging pyogenic cerebral abscess complicated by subdural empyema: A case report

Maria Pilar Valencia, A. Moon

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Abstract

Brain abscesses develop in response to a parenchymal infection with pyogenic bacteria, beginning as a localized area of cerebritis and evolving into a suppurative lesion surrounded by a well-vascularized fibrotic capsule. The leading etiologic agents of brain abscess are the streptococcal strains and S. aureus. Abscesses may also be secondary to fungal or parasitic organisms. Brain abscess represents a significant medical problem, accounting for one in every 10,000 hospital admissions in the United States, and remains a serious situation despite recent advances made in detection and therapy. These lesions often produce complex clinical and radiologic findings and require prompt recognition and treatment to avoid a fatal neurologic outcome. Subdural empyema represents an important type of intracranial suppurative infectious-inflammatory disorder. Clinically, these patients initially have signs and symptoms of meningitis, but this course might be complicated later by the development of seizures and focal neurologic signs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-679
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroradiology Journal
Volume25
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Subdural Empyema
Brain Abscess
Fatal Outcome
Neurologic Manifestations
Meningitis
Abscess
Nervous System
Signs and Symptoms
Capsules
Seizures
Bacteria
Therapeutics
Infection

Keywords

  • Cerebral abscess
  • Empyema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Challenging pyogenic cerebral abscess complicated by subdural empyema : A case report. / Valencia, Maria Pilar; Moon, A.

In: Neuroradiology Journal, Vol. 25, No. 6, 12.2012, p. 676-679.

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Valencia, Maria Pilar ; Moon, A. / Challenging pyogenic cerebral abscess complicated by subdural empyema : A case report. In: Neuroradiology Journal. 2012 ; Vol. 25, No. 6. pp. 676-679.
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