Chapter 67. Subdural Empyema

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief3,4,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head5,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head6 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director7,8
  1. Sandi Lam MD Chief Resident1 and
  2. Tien T. Nguyen MD Neurosurgeon2

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch67

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Lam, S. and Nguyen, T. T. (2009) Subdural Empyema, 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.ch67

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

  3. 5

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

  4. 6

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 7

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

  6. 8

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  2. 2

    Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008

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Keywords:

  • subdural empyema;
  • subdural empyema, focal purulent infection between dura and arachnoid mater, with few anatomic barriers to spread;
  • common causative organisms in cases of subdural empyema;
  • complete blood count - showing leukocytosis with predominance of polymorphonuclear neutrophils;
  • causative organisms, varying with source of primary infection;
  • cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings - typically non-specific;
  • surgical management, indicated in cases of subdural empyema;
  • causative organisms, varying with source of primary infection;
  • local infection, spreading into intracranial compartment and subdural space

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology/pathophysiology

  • Clinical features

  • Investigations

  • Laboratory studies

  • Treatment/management

  • Further reading