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Brain Abscess MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Brain Abscess
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coordinate IM with specific infection (IM) + specific CNS infection term (IM) + site/disease term (IM) if pertinent
Scope Note
A circumscribed collection of purulent exudate in the brain, due to bacterial and other infections. The majority are caused by spread of infected material from a focus of suppuration elsewhere in the body, notably the PARANASAL SINUSES, middle ear (see EAR, MIDDLE); HEART (see also ENDOCARDITIS, BACTERIAL), and LUNG. Penetrating CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA and NEUROSURGICAL PROCEDURES may also be associated with this condition. Clinical manifestations include HEADACHE; SEIZURES; focal neurologic deficits; and alterations of consciousness. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp712-6)
Entry Term(s)
Brain Abscess, Child
Brain Abscess, Multiple
Brain Abscess, Pyogenic
Brain Abscess, Sterile
Cerebral Abscess
NLM Classification #
WL 351
See Also
Empyema, Subdural
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Brain Abscess Preferred
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