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A 42-year-old member asked:

can you tell me how can one know if they are getting a brain abcess?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Easy: Do any of the following apply to you? 1) Fever. 2) Seizures. 3) Delirium, stupor or coma. 4) You're in an ICU, probably intubated. 5) They're looking at your brain CT & they don't have happy faces. 6) You're getting heavy doses of antibiotics, antiepileptics, & maybe steroids. 7) A neurosurgeon wants to cut a hole in your head. If this does not describe your current situation, you're probably OK.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some of the symptoms of a brain abcess?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Fever, neural sympts: Beyond generalizable symptoms of infection ie. Fevers and signs like elevated white count, elevated platelets, CRP etc. Brain abscesses will also manifest with signs related to where they are - ie. Lesion's location will determine specific signs where they are affected and if the lesion is large enough and starts to exert pressure it can also cause headaches or meningeal signs like a stiff neck.
Brooklyn, NY
A 24-year-old male asked:

Can a brain.Abcess heal on its own?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
A serious condition: Having a brain abscess is a serious condition, its not something that heals on its own typically, depending on the size and location of abscess it might be treated with antibiotics or it may need to be drained by a neurosurgeon, typically in a hospital setting.
Brooklyn, NY
A 24-year-old male asked:

How have patients described having a brain abcess?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 13 years experience
It is: It is described as a collection of pus or matter from a bacterial or fungal source in the brain. From it you can have changes in mental status including confusion, dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, poor focus, irritability, sudden changes in mood, muscle weakness or headaches. There may also be nausea vomiting or fever.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how much time would it take for a untreated brain abcess to kill you?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Not long: It is rapidly progressive without treatment.
McDonough, GA
A 19-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of a brain abcess like the most common ones?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Brain abscess: A brain abscess is a rare condition. It may be more common in people with a suppressed immune system, heart disease or very poor dental health. I think common symptoms are unexplained headaches, seizure, or unexplained fevers. Many headaches are not explained well, and are not normally caused by a cerebral abscess.

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