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J Neurosci Rural Pract. 2013 Aug;4(Suppl 1):S67-81. doi: 10.4103/0976-3147.116472.

Brain abscess: Current management.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Abstract

Brain abscess (BA) is defined as a focal infection within the brain parenchyma, which starts as a localized area of cerebritis, which is subsequently converted into a collection of pus within a well-vascularized capsule. BA must be differentiated from parameningeal infections, including epidural abscess and subdural empyema. The BA is a challenge for the neurosurgeon because it is needed good clinical, pharmacological, and surgical skills for providing good clinical outcomes and prognosis to BA patients. Considered an infrequent brain infection, BA could be a devastator entity that easily left the patient into dead. The aim of this work is to review the current concepts regarding epidemiology, pathophysiology, etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of BA.

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Brain abscess; neuroinfection; neurosurgery

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