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Chronic abscess of the brain stem
  1. J. A. Russell,
  2. M. D. M. Shaw
  1. Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland


    The incidence of solitary brain stem abscess is less than 4% of all posterior fossa abscesses, and probably less than 1% of all intracranial abscesses. Two cases are reported, both presenting as chronic progressive clinical problems and initially diagnosed as gliomas. It is suggested that aspiration is a more suitable treatment than excision, and that in cases secondary to otogenic disease, radical mastoidectomy might have been an adequate method of prophylaxis.

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