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What're the symptoms of a brain abscess?

The symptoms of brain abscess often develop slowly, usually within a period of about two weeks. The symptoms of brain abscess are caused by a combination of increased intracranial pressure due to a space-occupying lesion (headache, vomiting, confusion, coma), infection (fever, fatigue etc.) and focal neurologic brain tissue damage (hemiparesis, aphasia etc.). The most frequent presenting symptoms are headache, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, hemiparesis or speech difficulties together with fever with a rapidly progressive course. The symptoms and findings depend largely on the specific location of the abscess in the brain. An abscess in the cerebellum, for instance, may cause additional complaints as a result of brain stem compression and hydrocephalus. Neurologic examination may reveal a stiff neck in occasional cases (erroneously suggesting meningitis). The famous triad of fever, headache and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess but are observed only in a minority of the patients.

More information on brain abscess

What is a brain abscess? - A brain abscess is an infection in the brain that is encapsulated and localized to one or more areas inside of the brain. A brain abscess is a mass of immune cells, pus, and other material.
What causes a brain abscess? - Brain abscess is an abscess caused by inflammation and collection of infected material coming from local or remote infectious sources within the brain tissue.
What're the symptoms of a brain abscess? - The symptoms of brain abscess are headache, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, hemiparesis or speech difficulties together with fever with a rapidly progressive course.
How is a brain abscess diagnosed? - The diagnosis of brain abscesses is established by a computed tomography (CT) (with contrast) examination.
What's the treatment for a brain abscess? - The treatment for brain abscess includes lowering the increased intracranial pressure and starting intravenous antibiotics.
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