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how can i tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

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Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Neurological finding: The combination of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess. Neurologic findings include trouble walking, speaking, eating and swallowing, severe memory issues, confusion, seizures and many other symptoms. Sinus infections are very common and brain abscesses extremely rare.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Totally agree with Dr. Astrachan.
Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker commented
23 years experience Radiology
Brain MRI or head CT with contrast are also very helpful.
Jul 15, 2012
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Both cause headache: The other major symptom of sinusitis is coughing. Usually there is green or yellow nasal discharge & stuffy nose. The upper molars may ache. Fever is present only with acute sinusitis. The neurological symptoms of brain abscess may be subtle at first but will get progressively worse with time. The expanding abscess displaces the rest of the brain causes major neurological dysfunction. See ct scan.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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