Brain abscess is a focal collection of pus within the brain parenchyma. Abscesses can develop as a result of:
It accounts for:
Brain abscesses may occur within the cerebral hemispheres or within the cerebellum.
Solitary abscesses are most often located in the temporal lobe or cerebellum; multiple abscesses occur most often in the cerebrum at the junction of the white and grey matter
Multiple abscesses occur
Rarely, brain abscess arise rapidly; more commonly, their development is gradual with three phases recognisable:
Diagnosis is from the history, and is confirmed by CT scan.
Regard suspiciously any person with minimal symptoms and signs who have received antibiotics.
Mortality may be high.
Last reviewed 01/2018