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Non-otogenic cerebral abscess
  1. Graham Martin
  1. Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia


    Non-otogenic cerebral abscess is becoming relatively more frequent compared with otogenic. It arises in a setting of sepsis, trauma, or congenital heart disease. The onset presents a meningo-encephalitic picture, often with two stages, followed by epilepsy and/or a hemiparesis. The best investigations are an EEG and, probably, an isotope scan. The angiogram may be misleading as 40% may not have a midline shift. 'Acute localized non-suppurative encephalitis' seems to be more frequent than in the past. Antibiotics and aspiration appear to be the best treatment.

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    • 1 Work supported by the Edward Wilson Memorial Research Scholarship.

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