Brain abscess in Srinagarind Hospital

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Siriphong Tangdumrongkul
Chaiwit Thanapaisal
Wichan Chamadol

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The retrospective study of 56 cases of brain abscess receiving surgical intervention at Srinagarind Hospital during January 1985 to July 1988 was performed.  The common presenting symptoms are headache (82%), history of fever (67%), nausea/vomitting (51%), deterioration of consciousness (39%) and seizure (20%).  The common physical signs be detected are meningeal sign (45%), fever (temp > 37.8 c = 39%), hemiparesis (32%) and papilledema (34%).  Leukocytosis (WBC > 10,000) was found in 62%.  The common sources are mastoiditis (38%) and hematogenous spread (22%).  Surgical intervention was performed by tapping or total excision or tapping and follow by total excision.  Mortality rate is 20%.

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