A brain abscess is a pocket of infection that forms in the brain.
Depending on its size and location, a brain abscess may cause headaches,
personality changes, one-sided weakness, fever and chills, nausea and vomiting,
Brain abscesses are not common. They may be caused by:
The spread of infection from somewhere else in
the head, such as the gums (gingivitis), mouth, nose, ear, or
A deep head wound that penetrates the
Infection that has traveled through the bloodstream from
somewhere else in the body.
Treatment includes medicine to fight the infection and decrease
swelling in the brain. In some cases a brain abscess requires surgical
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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