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BRAIN ABSCESS

1. Most abscesses arise from intracranial extension of cranial infections (sinuses, teeth) or after skull fracture or neurosurgical procedures.

2. Much less often, they are due to bacteremic seeding.

3. In adults, the most common organisms are staph and strep species (e.g., S. epidermidis after a penetrating head injury), but don't forget about Nocardia.

4. In the immunocompromised, consider toxoplasmosis.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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