Infection following endovascular therapy for cerebrovascular disease is a potential but rare complication. A 70-year-old lady in whom an intracranial abscess formed secondary to GDC embolisation of a giant right internal carotid artery aneurysm is reported. Computed tomography (CT) showed the abscess and staphylococcus aureus was cultured from the cerebrospinal fluid and blood. The abscess was successfully treated by antibiotic therapy. Infected Guglielmi detachable coils (GDC) may result in abscess formation in the presence of underlying cerebral ischaemia.