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Brain abscess

Is of the mastoid air cells of the temporal bone, epidural abscess) or remote (lung, heart, kidney etc.) infectious sources, within the brain tissue. The infection may also be introduced through a skull fracture following a head trauma or surgical procedures. Brain abscess is usually associated with congenital heart disease in young children. It may occur at any age but is most frequent in the third decade of life.

Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Changes in mental status, which may include: 
    • Confusion
    • Drowsiness
    • Irritability
    • Poor mental focus
    • Poor responsiveness
    • Slow thought processes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hemiparesis - weakness, paralysis on one side of the body
  • Aphasia - poor speech, for example slurred speech
  • Coordination becomes poorer
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever, chills
  • Fits (seizures)
  • Stiff neck, back or shoulders
  • Blurred, double or graying vision if the abscess presses on the optic nerve.

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