Cerebellar brain abscess associated with tongue piercing

Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jan 15;36(2):e32-4. doi: 10.1086/345755. Epub 2003 Jan 3.


We describe a previously healthy adult who had a solitary cerebellar brain abscess diagnosed. This infection occurred 4 weeks after the patient underwent a tongue piercing procedure that was complicated by an apparent local infection. The clinical history, abscess culture results, and lack of an alternative explanation suggest that infection of the tongue piercing site was the source of the cerebellar abscess.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brain Abscess / complications*
  • Brain Abscess / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Tongue / injuries*
  • Tongue Diseases / complications*


  • Anti-Infective Agents