Weakness, numbness or paralysis of one side of the
Confusion or delirium.
The primary source of bacterial infection that causes a
brain or epidural abscess often cannot be found. These
three sources are the most common:
An infection that spreads from an infected skull, such
as in osteomyelitis, mastoiditis or sinusitis.
An infection that is introduced by a skull injury.
An infection that spreads through the bloodstream
from other infected organs, such as the lungs, skin or
Risk increases with
Illness that has lowered resistance, especially diabetes
Recent infection, especially around the nose, eyes and
Immunosuppressed patient due to illness (AIDS) or
Intravenous drug abuse.
Seek medical advice for any infection in your body,
especially one around the nose or face, to prevent its
spread (such as ear infection or dental abscess).
Wear protective headgear when engaging in any
activity where risk of head injury is possible.
Usually curable with early diagnosis and treatment.
Seizures, coma and death without treatment.
Permanent brain damage.
Brain abscess treatment
Diagnostic tests may include laboratory studies such
as blood studies, spinal-fluid studies; other tests such as
EEG, computed tomography (CT scan), X-rays of the
Intensive care monitoring required.
Medical or surgical treatment will depend on location
of abscess. Normally requires antibiotic therapy and
surgery to drain the abscess. Other treatment may
include intravenous fluids and mechanical breathing