Management of Subdural Empyema: A Series of 24 Cases

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1987 Nov;50(11):1415-8. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.50.11.1415.


Twenty four cases of subdural empyema are reviewed. The overall mortality was 17%, 18 patients were managed by burr hole and five by craniotomy or craniectomy. Antibiotic therapy was commenced once pus had been evacuated. Infection of the paranasal and mastoid sinuses was the commonest aetiological factor. Aspiration of pus through burr holes is the recommended surgical procedure with low mortality and morbidity, when combined with early diagnosis and aggressive chemotherapy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Craniotomy
  • Empyema, Subdural / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Subdural / drug therapy
  • Empyema, Subdural / mortality
  • Empyema, Subdural / surgery
  • Empyema, Subdural / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents