What is a Brain abscess?

Brain abscess is a focal infectious collection within the brain parenchyma, which can arise as a complication of another infection or through trauma or surgery.

Symptoms usually develop slowly over several weeks, but they can also come on suddenly. Symptoms you should watch for are

  • Outline the evaluation of patients with brain abscesses.
  • Explain the treatment strategies for brain abscesses.

What are the symptoms of a brain abscess?

  • decreased speech
  • decreased sensation
  • decreased movement due to loss of muscle function
  • changes in vision
  • changes in personality or behavior
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • chills

What are the risk factors?

  • a compromised immune system due to HIV
  • cancer and other chronic illnesses
  • congenital heart disease
  • major head injury