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What are brain abscess conditions?

What are brain abscess conditions?

Infection: Brain abscess is an infection in the brain. This is a mass in the brain that is a capsule that is filled with pus. It can lead to pressure in the brain and headaches and seizures. The treatment is surgery to decompress and wash it out. This is followed by antibiotics. The type of infection may vary depending on the type of bacteria. Brain abscess is a serious condition. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Brain Abscess (Definition)

Is a focal collection of pus and other material (as are all abscesses) that occurs in the brain. It is usually from a bacterial or fungal infection. It is a serious and life-threatening condition. Fortunately, it is ...Read more


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What does having brain abscess mean?

What does having brain abscess mean?

Infection: Having a brain abscess meanse having a circumscribed infection or bacteria or fungus in a part of the brain. People can manifest with confusion, fever, headache, vomiting, or seizures. Once this is diagnosed, it usually requires hospitalization in order to start IV antibiotics and to identify the specific organism (e.g. Bug) causing the infection. ...Read more

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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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I may have a brain abscess. What do I do?

I may have a brain abscess. What do I do?

If you fear that: You have a brain abscess then you should seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Describe the features of a brain abscess.?

Describe the features of a brain abscess.?

Clinical/imaging: Patients can present with signs and symptoms of the abscess and surrounding edema - headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness, seizures.

Scanning - mass on contrast-enhanced ct or MRI scanning. ...Read more

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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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Should I be concerned about a brain abscess?

Should I be concerned about a brain abscess?

If you have one, yes: You'll receive follow-up by a neurologist. Depending on the location, there may be residual effect on cognition. memory, motor planning, etc. That require a neuropsychological evaluation & some remediation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Brain abscess?

What is the definition or description of: Brain abscess?

A Brain Abscess: Is a focal collection of pus and other material (as are all abscesses) that occurs in the brain. It is usually from a bacterial or fungal infection. It is a serious and life-threatening condition. Fortunately, it is a relatively rare occurence. ...Read more

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Please explain how long can a brain abscess go untreated?

Treat immediately: A brain abscess is a serious problem and should receive appropriate tratment immediately. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to live with a brain abscess if treated?

Brain: Absolutely, the key is early and aggressive treatment with antibiotics and in some cases surgery to remove the abscess. ...Read more

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I think I have a brain abscess and weed makes it worse. Can I smoke after I get it removed?

Are you sick: If you have a brain abscess, you probably will be in the hospital by now and not on the website. It has been proven marijuana can cause some degree of paranoia. If you feel bad with it, stop using it and get help, please. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you feel a brain abscess on the skull?

Brain symptoms: If one were to get an infection in the scalp and that infection was to erode through the skull and into the brain, one would be able to theoretically feel that. In general when one gets a brain abscess they present with headache or seizure. ...Read more

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Treatment options for brain abscess? Thanks!

Treatment options for brain abscess? Thanks!

Usually surgery: Most brain abscesses require surgery in addition to intravenous antibiotics for several weeks. Rarely, they can be treated with IV antibiotics alone if they are very small in size. Patients with brain abscesses need to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about brain abscess and do I need neurosurgery?

Abscess: If you have the thought that you have this you should definitely see a neurosurgeon. ...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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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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Could a brain abscess lead me to vomit after eating?

Could a brain abscess lead me to vomit after eating?

Yes: Some symptoms of brain abscess include headache and neck stiffness. If intracranial pressure is increased, you can have vomiting. However, there are many other reasons why you might vomit after a meal. ...Read more

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If I had neuro-lyme disease and also a brain abscess from a sinus abscess, what would the symptoms be like?

Hypothetical: Do you have confirmed lyme disease or is there suspicion that you could potentially have? Do you also have a confirmed sinus abscess or instead do you have a garden variety sinus infection? Lyme should be vigorously treated with appropriate antibiotics. By the way, it could mimic ms symptoms on occasion, but could also look like motor neuron type of disease. Strongly urge infectious disease dr. ...Read more

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I popped a pus filled pimple in the nose, will I have brain abscess?

I popped a pus filled pimple in the nose, will I have brain abscess?

Nose: Great question. If its in the nose and draining it should be cultured and you should be started on antibiotics. If its not draining often we will open it up in the office to drain. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have brain abscess, it's more than 4months that I have head pain or headache and it makes me weak and I loss weight?

Could be: This could represent sinusitis or a brain abscess but could also be many other things. Especially without fevers, infection is somewhat less likely. You should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

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. ...Read more

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Is ruptured brain abscess considered traumatic brain injury?

Is ruptured brain abscess considered traumatic brain injury?

No: A brain abscess is a medical emergency and is due to a localized brain infection. If it ruptures, meningitis could occur and cause death. Unless there has been an open head injury, trauma does not directly cause infection. Physical injury such as falling and striking the head results maybe in "traumatic brain injury". ...Read more

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Is ruptured brain abscess considered brain injury or traumatic brain injury?

No: A brain abscess is a medical emergency and is due to a localized brain infection. If it ruptures, meningitis could occur and cause death. Unless there has been an open head injury, trauma does not directly cause infection. Physical injury such as falling and striking the head results maybe in "traumatic brain injury". ...Read more

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Can inhaling chemicals through the nose cause a brain abscess?

No: If a person has had a brain abscess and the underlying cause isn't clear (iv drug abuse, heart infection, cystic fibrosis, tetralogy, etc.), look for osler-weber-rendu and for an atrial septal defect. These two allow systemic venous blood to bypass the lungs where bacteria-laden microparticles are often removed. ...Read more

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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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What are the chances of dying from a blood clot, blood poison or brain abscess after getting your tounge pierced?

Low likelihood but..: There are lots of reasons not to have your tongue pierced- infections, chipped teeth, accidental lacerations, accidental swallowing or aspiration of rings, etc. All the possibilities you mentioned does exist but low likelihood. I understand the need for self expression, but the desire for tongue and lip piercings still escapes me. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more