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Treatment options for brain abscess? Thanks!
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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Reza Karimi
Dr. Reza Karimi
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Antibiotics/Surgery
If the brain abscess is small enough it can be treated with antibiotics alone, but often will require surgical drainage as well.
This will increase the cure rate, shorten the duration of antibiotics and help to resolve the abscess without its producing further complications. Sometimes, however, the abscess is located in an area in which the damage from surgery is worse than from abscess.

In brief: Antibiotics/Surgery
If the brain abscess is small enough it can be treated with antibiotics alone, but often will require surgical drainage as well.
This will increase the cure rate, shorten the duration of antibiotics and help to resolve the abscess without its producing further complications. Sometimes, however, the abscess is located in an area in which the damage from surgery is worse than from abscess.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Patrick Connolly
Multiple intravenous antibiotics over several weeks are typically needed to treat a brain abscess. Diagnosis may be via a needle biopsy and aspiration or an open craniotomy. Both are brain surgery, and which one to choose depends on each patient. Typically if the abscess is greater than 3cm in diameter, antibiotics will not be able to cure it.
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