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Brain Abscess

 

A brain abscess is an inflamed area in the brain containing pus, caused due to some infection in the brain.

Causes

  • Infection in some part of the body carried by blood to the brain
  • Infection due to some open wound in the head
  • Middle ear or sinus infections

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Stiffness in neck and back
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion
  • Decreased responsiveness
  • Speech problems
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis

Treatment

  • Antibiotics may be used to fight the infection in case of minor abscesses
  • Aspiration may help in draining the abscess if reaching it does not cause damage to the brain.
  • Excision may be required in some cases to surgically remove the abscess

Prevention

  • Treating any infection promptly by seeking medical intervention