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Brain Abscess

An abscess is a collection of pus in an enclosed area of the body. Within the brain, abscesses occur as the result of a bacterial or fungal infection.  A brain abscess is a serious, life-threatening condition. Ruptured abscesses have a high mortality rate.  The goals of treatment for brain abscesses are to reduce intracranial pressure and eliminate the infection.  Your neurosurgeons will remove or drain the abscess to relieve the pressure. After treatment, you will need to take a course of antibiotics.

Treatment for a brain abscess includes: