Chapter 66. Brain Abscess

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief2,3,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head4,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head5 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director6,7
  1. Gagandeep Singh MD, DM Professor Head

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch66

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Singh, G. (2009) Brain Abscess, in International Neurology: A Clinical Approach (eds R. P. Lisak, D. D. Truong, W. M. Carroll and R. Bhidayasiri), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch66

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 3

    Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

  3. 4

    The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

  4. 5

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 6

    Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. 7

    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008



  • brain abscess, a suppurative process involving cerebral parenchyma;
  • brain abscesses, being rare in developed countries;
  • brain abscess, contiguous spread from infected paranasal sinuses, middle ears;
  • treatment options in brain abscess;
  • common diagnostic dilemma - differentiation of brain abscess from high grade glioma with a necrotic center;
  • brain abscess management – depending on stage, location, number, and co-morbid factors;
  • mortality due to brain abscess - high as 10–20%, despite advances in diagnosis and treatment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Etio-pathogenesis

  • Clinical features

  • Differential diagnosis

  • Treatment and prognosis

  • Further reading