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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.