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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Brain Abscess (Overview)

A brain abscess is a collection of pus in the brain that is usually due to a bacterial or fungal infection. The infection causes swelling and irritation, which causes dead cells and other material to gather in an area of the brain, damaging the brain cells.


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What are the symptoms of a brain abscess?

What are the symptoms of a brain abscess?

Fever and headache: Are the most common. Seizures may also occur as can weakness on one side of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
226 doctors shared insights

Brain Abscess (Overview)

A brain abscess is a collection of pus in the brain that is usually due to a bacterial or fungal infection. The infection causes swelling and irritation, which causes dead cells and other material to gather in an area of the brain, damaging the brain cells.


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What are the real symptoms of brain abscess?

What are the real symptoms of brain abscess?

Headaches: Headaches are very common symptom of brain abscess, but can be associated with many conditions. Fever, visual disturbance, nausea and vomiting are some other symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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99% sure I have infection in my brain and heart from abscess tooth... What are the tell tale signs of brain abscess and should I go to the ER ?

99% sure I have infection in my brain and heart from abscess tooth... What are the tell tale signs of brain abscess and should I go to the ER ?

Need exam: If you had brain and heart involvement you wouldn't be sitting at your computer. You would already be at the er. That said, why is the abscessed tooth going untreated? See dentist asap. If you think you are having medical issues, see your physician. 5 most dangerous words in the english language, "maybe it will go away.". ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with brain abscess. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with brain abscess. What does this mean?

Brain Infection: Brain abscesses are infections in the brain. Like a boil on skin. Bacteria and fungi are the most likely causes. Treated with antibiotics and when necessary drainage. Bugs get into brain from blood flow, sinus infections and through fractures. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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What are the tests for brain abscess?

What are the tests for brain abscess?

MRI or CT scan: Mri or ct scan of the brain, preferably with injection of contrast into a vein in your arm. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if you have a brain abscess?

How does the doctor know if you have a brain abscess?

Exam/CT: After performing an exam and gaining a suspicion, one's doctor may then order a ct scan or MRI to evaluate for an abscess, tumor or infection. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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Does popping a pimple on the lip cause a brain abscess? Should I be worried?

Does popping a pimple on the lip cause a brain abscess? Should I be worried?

No: There is a drainage pathway from the lip that can go into the brain and at its worse could cause meningitis or cavernous sinus thrombosis both of which are potentially deadly. For perspective this CAN happen but it is extermely unlikely. Those diseases are accompanied by severe headache fever and altered mental status (confusion). If you are otherwise fine and functional your risk is very low. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more