Medicinski pregled 2004 Volume 57, Issue 9-10, Pages: 498-500
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Multiple brain abscesses: A case report

Banić-Horvat Sofija, Cvijanović Milan, Ilin Miroslav, Kopitović Aleksandar, Simić Svetlana, Jovin Zita

Case Report 10 days before admission a 45-year old female experienced general weakness, and T 38oC. During that period she had no cardio-respiratory nor neurological complaints, and the temperature varied between 37.5oC and 38oC. Her medical history was unremarkable, without immunodeficiency. The day before admission she presented with left arm paresis and during the next day it progressed to paralysis. She had no headache. On admission the following diagnostic procedures were performed: the cranial CT scan showed two lesions (possibly meta lesions). Chest X-ray was normal. WBC=15x109/L, ESR= 90/120. On the second day following admission brain MRI showed multiple abscesses in both hemispheres, mostly in the gray/white junction. High doses of IV metronidasol, cephtriaxon and cipfloxacin were administered without obtaining specimens for micro- biological diagnosis. In next two days she developed coma, respiratory insufficiency and septic temperature. Brain surgery was not performed due to severe involvement of the brain with multiple abscesses. Repeated chest X-ray revealed bilateral pneumonia. A lethal outcome occurred on the third day, regardless of all efforts. Autopsy showed multiple brain abscesses as well as on the lungs and liver. A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection was established. Conclusions Prevention includes treatment of the infection source. The classic triad of headache, fever and focal deficit occur in less than 50% of patients. Even in such cases brain abscess must be reconsidered. CT appearance of brain abscess is similar to that of neoplastic and other infectious and non infectious deseases - especially in the stage of early cerebritis. If the CT findings are not clear, MRI should be performed.

Keywords: brain abscess, diagnosis, etiology, therapy, diagnosis, differential, streptococcal infections

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