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Brain abscess

Feb 6, 2002

my aunt fainted after which her boddy started to contract and her lips turned blue.she was taken to the hospital where she was kept in the icu for 2-3 days.when she regained conciousness she could neither speak nor move.the doctors diagnosed it to be brain haemorrage but it is brain abcess and partial brain haemorrage.It was caused because of aa infected tooth that was removed.Is there any cure for it?its an emergency!

Response from Dr. Young

My sympathies for the health of your aunt.

Brain abscesses are caused by many things, but abscesses due to infected teeth are not unheard of.

The major mission is to stop any bleeding, since this can cause extensive injury in the wrong setting. After that, treatments involve (typically) the drainage of the abscess (either by surgical or radiological methods)and identification of the causative organism (usually bacteria-- from dental sources, but occasionally fungi). Potent antibiotics are administered-- usually for 4-6 weeks.

Cure is always a relative term-- recovery can take a while, and depends much on the extent of the brain injury (especially in the setting of hemorrhage).

My best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, BY

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