A current review of brain abscess

Duke S. Samson, Kemp Clark

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Abstract

A review of the current status of the incidence, pathogenesis, causative organism, diagnostic methods, and therapy of brain abscess has been done. We leave contrasted our results with those published with regard to mortality and morbidity. From our series, it appears that the greatest danger to the patient with a brain abscess is not infection, but the mass effect of the abscess. Patients with suspected brain abscess should undergo brain scan and cerebral arteriography as the diagnostic and localizing test of choice. Lumbar puncture is hazardous, and yields only suggestive information. A combination of wide spectrum antibiotic therapy and surgical excision of the abscess yields superior results over other methods of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalThe American journal of medicine
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1973

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Brain Abscess
Abscess
Spinal Puncture
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Angiography
Therapeutics
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Morbidity
Mortality
Incidence
Brain
Infection

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A current review of brain abscess. / Samson, Duke S.; Clark, Kemp.

In: The American journal of medicine, Vol. 54, No. 2, 1973, p. 201-210.

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Samson, Duke S. ; Clark, Kemp. / A current review of brain abscess. In: The American journal of medicine. 1973 ; Vol. 54, No. 2. pp. 201-210.
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