Diagnosis and management of brain abscess

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1992 Apr;3(2):403-20.


Over the past 20 years, the diagnosis and management of brain abscess has been facilitated by a number of technologic advances that have resulted in a significant reduction in mortality. Despite these advances in technology, however, brain abscess remains a serious disease. In this article the nature, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of brain abscesses are discussed. Issues regarding surgical versus nonsurgical management, optimal surgical therapy, choice and duration of antibiotics, and the use of corticosteroids are examined in terms of their impact on mortality and long-term neurologic sequelae.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Brain Abscess / diagnosis
  • Brain Abscess / etiology
  • Brain Abscess / surgery*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents