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Neurosurgery. 2012 Jul;71(1):E193-8. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318232e250.

Intracerebral abscess associated with the Camino intracranial pressure monitor: case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.



Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is a mainstay in the management of traumatic brain injury. Large investigations have validated the safety and efficacy of ICP monitors in comatose patients. Clinically relevant infections are extremely rare and cerebral abscess has never been reported with the Camino device. We describe an exceptional case of a life-threatening intracerebral abscess from an intraparenchymal ICP monitor.


A 35-month-old child required 7 days of ICP monitoring after a fall from a 2-story window. His hospital course was complicated by severe airway edema treated, in part, with high-dose corticosteroid therapy for a total of 10 days. Two weeks later, the patient deteriorated acutely owing to a large intracerebral abscess under the previous ICP monitor site. Urgent craniotomy with evacuation of the abscess was performed on 2 separate occasions. Cultures grew methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, which was treated with long-term antibiotics. At the 3-month follow-up, the patient was meeting age-appropriate milestones without focal deficits.


To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing an intracerebral abscess as a complication from an intraparenchymal pressure monitor. Corticosteroid therapy may have constituted an independent risk factor for the ICP monitor--associated infection, as well as reinsertion of the ICP monitoring device at the same site. That this is the first reported parenchymal infectious complication underscores the safety of this device with respect to infection. When reinsertion of a parenchymal monitor is considered, a new site should be chosen.

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