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  1. Enterococcal cerebellopontine angle abscess in a 12-year-old female

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    Sonavane Alka


    Full Text Available Despite advances in imaging and antibiotic treatment, brain abscess is still encountered occasionally. Various aerobic and anaerobic bacteria have been reported as causative agents of brain abscess but only a few cases of enterococcal brain abscesses have been reported. Here we report a case of brain abscess in a 12-year-old female patient, who presented with a history of fever, chills, headache, convulsions since seven days and history of altered sensorium and aphasia since the last two days . The patient had chronic suppurative otitis media of both ears following trauma and presented with ear discharge. The diagnosis of brain abscess was done by computerized tomography scan and the pus was aspirated by left suboccipital burr hole operation. Enterococcus species was cultured from the aspirated pus sample. The patient responded to surgical drainage and antibiotic treatment.

  2. Rare lesions of the cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Yilmaz, Cem; Altinors, Nur; Sonmez, Erkin; Gulsen, Salih; Caner, Hakan


    Vestibular schwannomas, meningiomas and epidermoids account for a vast majority of the lesions occurring in the cerebellopontine angle (CPA). Neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathologies other than these tumors constitute 1% of all lesions located in the CPA. The aim of this study was to reveal our experience in the treatment of the rare lesions of the CPA. We have retrospectively reviewed the medical files and radiological data of all patients who underwent surgery involving any kind of pathology in the CPA. We have excluded those patients with a histopathological diagnosis of meningioma, schwannoma and epidermoids. Our research revealed a case of craniopharyngioma, a case of chloroma, a case of solitary fibrous tumor, a case of pinealoblastoma, a case of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, a case of an aneurysm, a case of hemorrhage and a case of abscess.

  3. Meningiomas of the cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Matthies, C; Carvalho, G; Tatagiba, M; Lima, M; Samii, M


    Meningiomas of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) represent a clinically and surgically interesting entity. The opportunity of complete surgical excision and the incidence of impairment of nerval structures largely depend on the tumour biology that either leads to displacement of surrounding structures by an expansive type of growth or to an enveloping of nerval and vascular structures by an en plaque type of growth. As the origin and the direction of growth are very variable, the exact tumour extension in relation to the nerval structures and the tumour origin can be identified sometimes only at the time of surgery. Out of a series of 230 meningiomas of the posterior skull base operated between 1978 and 1993, data of 134 meningiomas involving the cerebellopontine angle are presented. There were 20% male and 80% female patients, age at the time of surgery ranging from 18 to 76 years, on the average 51 years. The clinical presentation was characterized by a predominant disturbance of the cranial nerves V (19%), VII (11%), VIII (67%) and the caudal cranial nerves (6%) and signs of ataxia (28%). 80% of the meningiomas were larger than 30 mm in diameter, 53% led to evident brainstem compression or dislocation and 85% extended anteriorly to the internal auditory canal. Using the lateral suboccipital approach in the majority of cases and a combined presigmoidal or combined suboccipital and subtemporal approaches in either sequence in 5%, complete tumour removal (Simpson I and II) was accomplished in 95% and subtotal tumour removal in 5%. Histologically the meningiotheliomatous type was most common (49%) followed by the mixed type (19%), fibroblastic (16%), psammomatous (7%), hemangioblastic (7%) and anaplastic (2%) types. Major post-operative complications were CSF leakage (8%) requiring surgical revision in 2% and hemorrhage (3%) requiring revision in 2%. While the majority of neurological disturbances showed signs of recovery, facial nerve paresis or paralysis was

  4. [Cerebellopontine angle meningeal melanocytoma: a benign tumor?]. (United States)

    González-Tortosa, J; Ferri-Níguez, B; Ros de San Pedro, J


    We report a case of a rare meningeal melanocytoma in the cerebellopontine angle. One year after tumor gross total removal, the patient suffered a sudden and devastating meningeal melanomatosis. The relevant literature is reviewed looking for the keys to establish preoperative diagnosis and to obtain information about its treatment and postsurgical management.

  5. Primary cerebello-pontine angle malignant melanoma : a case report.

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    Desai K


    Full Text Available A rare case of primary malignant melanoma in the cerebello-pontine angle, in a 17 year old girl is presented. The patient presented with one month history of headache, diplopia, facial asymmetry and ataxia. The computerised tomography (CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed a large cerebello-pontine angle mass with features suggestive of a melanoma. The typical black coloured, solid and vascular melanoma was excised completely. Cerebello-pontine angle melanoma are extremely rare tumours with dismal long term outcome in majority of these cases.

  6. Magnetic resonance imaging of cerebellopontine angle lesions

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    Pratiksha Yadav


    Full Text Available Background: Cerebellopontine angle (CPA tumors are usually benign, and they are divided into extra-axial, intra-axial, extradural, and petrous axis tumors. CPA pathologies can be asymptomatic or it may present with vertigo, tinnitus, or unilateral hearing loss depending upon the site of tumor origin and displacement of the neurovascular structure. Aim and Objectives: To evaluate the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI aided with contrast-enhanced MRI as an imaging modality for diagnosis of CPA lesions. Materials and Methods: Analysis of 36 patients of CPA lesions over a period of 2 years was done. MRI was performed on Siemens 1.5 Tesla MAGNETOM Avanto Machine. Conclusion: There are spectrums of pathologies, which can present with these symptoms, which includes tumors, vascular malformations, and vascular loop compressing vestibulocochlear nerve or mastoid pathology so it is important to investigate the patient by MRI. Contrast-enhanced MRI is the most sensitive investigation in the evaluation of the CPA lesions, its characteristic, and its extent.

  7. Study of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor in cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Hong, WenMing; Cheng, HongWei; Wang, XiaoJie; Hu, XiaoPeng; Feng, ChunGuo


    Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are very rare soft tissue sarcomas, usually arising from somatic soft tissues or peripheral nerves. Primary MPNST of the cerebellopontine angle is extremely rare, with only a single case reported so far. Here, we report an unusual case of MPNST in cerebellopontine angle in a 25-year-old man presented with dizziness, left facial numbness, and tinnitus. After hospitalization, the tumor was treated with complete surgical excision followed by adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Histologically, the tumor showed malignant spindle cells, which were with focal S-100 positivity on immunohistochemistry, and a diagnosis of the MPNST was made. This case is being reported for its rarity and presence in cerebellopontine and illustrated the difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of MPNST, which to the best of our knowledge, has not been described before in the soft tissue sarcomas.

  8. Intratentorial lipomas with Meckel's cave and cerebellopontine angle extension. (United States)

    Ruocco, M J; Robles, H A; Rao, K C; Armonda, R A; Ondra, S L


    An unusual case of bilateral intratentorial lipomas with extension into Meckel's caves and the cerebellopontine angle is described. Surgical and histopathologic correlation demonstrate that the lipoma encased the trigeminal nerve in Meckel's caves. The origin of the lipoma from the anteromedial margins of the tentorium is discussed and correlated with a recently proposed theory for the development of intracranial lipomas.

  9. Tumors of the cerebellopontine angle; Tumoren des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels

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    Schulze, Maximilian [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Abt. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie; Reimann, Katrin [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). HNO Klinik; Soares Tatagiba, Marcos [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen (Germany). Klinik fuer Neurochirurgie; Bisdas, Sotirios [The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Neuroradiology


    The diagnostic imaging of lesions in the cerebellopontine angle is mainly challenged by the possible differential diagnoses and their therapeutic relevance. As classification of tumors in contrast-enhancing and non-enhancing allows for a primary differentiation, MRI holds pivotal role in diagnosis and therapy planning on the basis of its quantitative and qualitative methods as volumetry, diffusion weighted imaging, perfusion imaging and spectroscopy.

  10. Anatomy of the cerebellopontine angle; Anatomie des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels

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    Grunwald, I.Q.; Papanagiotou, P.; Politi, M.; Reith, W. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie; Nabhan, A. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Neurochirurgische Klinik


    The cerebellopontine angle (CPA) is an anatomically complex region of the brain. In this article we describe the anatomy of the CPA cisterns, of the internal auditory canal, the topography of the cerebellum and brainstem, and the neurovascular structures of this area. (orig.) [German] Der Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkel ist eine umschriebene anatomische Region. Im diesem Artikel werden die Subarachnoidalraeume im Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkel, die Anatomie der Felsenbeinflaeche, Anatomie und Topographie des Kleinhirns und des Hirnstamms, die arteriellen Beziehungen und venoese Drainage des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels besprochen. (orig.)

  11. Cerebellopontine angle facial schwannoma relapsing towards middle cranial fossa

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    Takafumi Nishizaki


    Full Text Available Facial nerve schwannomas involving posterior and middle fossas are quite rare. Here, we report an unusual case of cerebellopontine angle facial schwannoma that involved the middle cranial fossa, two years after the first operation. A 53-year-old woman presented with a 3-year history of a progressive left side hearing loss and 6-month history of a left facial spasm and palsy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed 4.5 cm diameter of left cerebellopontine angle and small middle fossa tumor. The tumor was subtotally removed via a suboccipital retrosigmoid approach. The tumor relapsed towards middle cranial fossa within a two-year period. By subtemporal approach with zygomatic arch osteotomy, the tumor was subtotally removed except that in the petrous bone involving the facial nerve. In both surgical procedures, intraoperative monitoring identified the facial nerve, resulting in preserved facial function. The tumor in the present case arose from broad segment of facial nerve encompassing cerebellopontine angle, meatus, geniculate/labyrinthine and possibly great petrosal nerve, in view of variable symptoms. Preservation of anatomic continuity of the facial nerve should be attempted, and the staged operation via retrosigmoid and middle fossa approaches using intraoperative facial monitoring, may result in preservation of the facial nerve.

  12. Malignant melanoma of the cerebello-pontine angle region

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    F. Menezes Braga


    Full Text Available A case of malignant melanoma in the cerebello-pontine angle region is presented in a 72 years old female patient, who had neurological examination and CT scan suggestive of acoustic neuroma. The surgical finding and the histological examination provided the diagnosis. As a primary focus was not found on clinical examination and although autopsy was not carried out, there is a possibility of the diagnosis being a primary malignant melanoma in CNS. This specific location for this kind of tumor was found to be rare when literature is looked up.

  13. Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Cerebello-Pontine Angle (United States)

    Biggs, Nigel D.; Fagan, Paul A.; Turner, Jennifer J.; Doust, Bruce


    A case is presented of solitary fibrous tumor occurring in the cerebello-pontine angle. There have been only two other reported cases of a solitary fibrous tumors in this region. Imaging studies showed the tumor to be characteristic in shape and position of an acoustic tumor. However, at surgery the tumor was found to have a “rock hard” consistency. Solitary fibrous tumor differs from acoustic schwannoma and meningioma in its histopathological features and in this case, regrowth, after incomplete excision, was extremely rapid. ImagesFigure 2Figure 3Figure 4Figure 5Figure 6 PMID:17171119

  14. Anatomic structural study of cerebellopontine angle via endoscope

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    XIA Yin; LI Xi-ping; HAN De-min; ZHENG Jun; LONG Hai-shan; SHI Jin-feng


    Background Minimally invasive surgery in skull base relying on searching for possible anatomic basis for endoscopic technology is controversial. The objective of this study was to observe the spatial relationships between main blood vessels and nerves in the cerebellopontine angle area and provide anatomic basis for lateral and posterior skull base minimally invasive surgery via endoscopic retrosigmoid keyhole approach.Methods This study was conducted on thirty dried adult skulls to measure the spatial relationships among the surface bony marks of posterior cranial fossa, and to locate the most appropriate drilling area for retrosigmoid keyhole approach.In addition, we used 10 formaldehyde-fixed adult cadaver specimens for simulating endoscopic retrosigmoid approach to determine the visible scope.Results The midpoint between the mastoid tip and the asterion was the best drilling point for retrosigmoid approach. A hole centered on this point with the 2.0 cm in diameter was suitable for exposing the related structures in the cerebellopontine angle. Retrosigmoid keyhole approach can decrease the pressure on the cerebellum and expose the related structures effectively which include facial nerve, vestibulocochlear nerve, trigeminal nerve, glossopharyngeal nerve, vagus nerve, accessory nerve, hypoglossal nerve, anterior inferior cerebellar artery, posterior inferior cerebellar artery and labyrinthine artery, etc.Conclusions Exact location on endoscope retrosigmoid approach can avoid dragging cerebellum during the minimally invasive surgery. The application of retrosigmoid keyhole approach will extend the application of endoscopic technology.

  15. Endolymphatic sac tumor : a rare cerebellopontine angle tumor.

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    Joseph B


    Full Text Available Endolymphatic sac tumors (ELST are rare papillary tumors of the temporal bone. Previously named as aggressive papillary middle ear tumors, they have recently been shown to arise from the endolymphatic sac. They are a rare in cerebello-pontine angle (CPA. We present a case of an ELST who presented as a CPA tumor with hydrocephalus. He underwent a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt initially. On exploration of the CP angle, the tumor was found to be extremely vascular. He was re-explored following embolization, and a subtotal excision of the tumor was done. Extensive petrous bone infiltration and vascularity of the tumor makes total excision almost impossible with high risk of cranial nerve deficits, excessive blood loss and CSF leak. This tumor should be considered in the differential diagnosis of vascular CPA tumors which erode the petrous temporal bone. The relevant literature is reviewed.

  16. Cerebellopontine angle lipomas: magnetic resonance imaging findings in two cases

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    Borges, Rafael S. [Clinica de Diagnostico por Imagem Multi-Imagem, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia; Brito, Cecilia Castelo Branco [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina; Carvalho, Gustavo A. [Clinica Bambina, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Neurocirurgia; Hospital Silvestre, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Domingues, Romeu C. [Clinicas CDPI e Multi-Imagem, Rio de Janeiro RJ (Brazil); Gasparetto, Emerson L. [Clinicas CDPI e Multi-Imagem, Rio de Janeiro RJ (Brazil)


    Vestibular schwannomas and meningiomas are the most common lesions of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA), accounting for approximately 85-90% of the tumors seen in this location. Lipomas are rare at this topography, representing about 0.15% of the CPA lesions. These tumors are mal developmental masses that arise from abnormal differentiation of the meninx primitive. Clinically, CPA lipomas can cause slowly progressive neurological symptoms and signs affecting cranial nerves or brain stem. Because these lesions usually are strongly attached to the surrounding structures, any surgical attempts of complete resection can result in neural or vascular damage, reinforcing the importance of the pre-operative imaging diagnosis. Although the CT findings of CPA lipomas can be typical, the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, especially the fat suppression sequences, had improved the identification of these lesions. We aimed to report two patients with a CPA lipoma, emphasizing the MR imaging findings. (author)

  17. Vascular anomalies of the cerebellopontine angle; Vaskulaere Erkrankungen des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels

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    Papanagiotou, P.; Grunwald, I.Q.; Politi, M.; Struffert, T.; Ahlhelm, F.; Reith, W. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie


    Vascular anomalies of the cerebellopontine angle are rare compared to tumors in this area. Irritation of the trigeminal, facial, or vestibulocochlear nerve may cause trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and vertigo, or tinnitus accordingly. Vessel loops in the cerebellopontine cisterns may cause compression at the root entry or exit zone of the cranial nerves V, VII, and VIII, a phenomenon which is called ''vascular loop syndrome.'' Megadolichobasilar artery and aneurysms of the vertebrobasilar system can also lead to dislocation and compression of the cranial nerves and brain stem. Three-dimensional CISS MR imaging and MR angiography are useful in the detection of neurovascular compression. Microvascular decompression is an effective surgical procedure in the management of compression syndromes of the cranial nerves V, VII, and VIII. (orig.) [German] Gegenueber den Raumforderungen stellen vaskulaere Veraenderungen des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels eher eine Ausnahme dar. Trigeminusneuralgie, hemifazialer Spasmus und Schwindel oder Tinnitus koennen bei Irritationen des Nervus trigeminus, facialis und vestibulocochlearis auftreten. Schlingenbildungen der Gefaesse in den Kleinhirnzisternen koennen eine Kompression der Eintritts- oder Austrittszonen der Hirnnerven V, VII und VIII am Hirnstamm hervorrufen, was als ''Vascular-loop-Syndrom'' bezeichnet wird. Zu Verlagerungen und Kompressionen von Hirnnerven und Hirnstamm koennen, wenn auch seltener, die Megadolichobasilaris und Aneurysmen des vertebrobasilaeren Systems fuehren. Bezueglich der Bildgebung ist die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) die Methode der Wahl. Die 3D-CISS-Sequenz und die MR-Angiographie sind hilfreich zur Darstellung der neurovaskulaeren Kompression. Die Methode der mikrovaskulaeren Dekompression ist eine wirkungsvolle Methode zur Beseitigung gefaessbedingter Kompressionen der Hirnnerven V, VII und VIII. (orig.)

  18. Cerebellopontine angle epidermoid showing a positive enhancement upon metrizamide CT cisternography

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    Hasegawa, Takeshi; Wakamatsu, Koichi; Fujii, Toshiharu; Ito, Haruhide; Yamamoto, Shinjiro; Nagata, Izumi


    A case of epidermoid tumor in the left cerebellopontine angle cistern is reported in a 43-year-old woman with left trigeminal neuralgia. Plain CT scan revealed a low density area at the left cerebellopontine angle and left ambient cisterns, which could not be differentiated from their enlargement. Metrizamide CT cisternography showed an irregular, high density pattern in the low density filling defect which was extending into the suprasellar and interpeduncular cisterns. The developmental mechanism of this specific finding in the metrizamide CT cisternography was discussed on the basis of morphological characteristics of epidermoid tumor.

  19. Unusual magnetic resonance characteristics of a cerebellopontine angle epidermoid cyst with upper cervical spinal canal extension. (United States)

    Teo, Beng-Tiong; Lin, Chao-chun; Chiou, Tsung-Lang; Chen, Shang-Chi; Yen, Pao-Sheng


    We present a 27-year-old woman with an epidermoid cyst at the cerebellopontine (CP) angle with caudal extension into the upper cervical spinal canal. The lesion showed unusual hyperintensity on T1-weighted images, and hypointensity on T2-weighted images. We used microneurosurgical techniques for tumour dissection and excision. To our knowledge, this is the fifth example in Index Medicus/MEDLINE of histopathologically proven CP angle epidermoid with cervical spine extension.

  20. Facial nerve neurinoma presenting as middle cranial fossa and cerebellopontine angle mass : a case report.

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    Devi B


    Full Text Available Facial nerve neurinomas are rare. The tumours arising from the geniculate ganglion may grow anteriorly and superiorly and present as a mass in the middle cranial fossa. Only a few cases of facial nerve neurinomas presenting as middle cranial fossa mass have so far been reported. These tumours present with either long standing or intermittent facial palsy along with cerebellopontine angle syndrome.

  1. Imaging diagnosis of various small lesions in the cerebellopontine angle by Suboccipital air CT cisternography

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    Tsukahara, Kaoru (Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)


    A modified air CT cisternography technique, characterized by suboccipital air infusion was carried out in a total of 180 patients over the past 5 years. The patients were divided into two groups according to their suspected lesions. The first group consisted of 151 patients who were diagnosed as having retrolabyrinthine lesions by neurootological examinations; 29 patients with facial twitching or trigeminal neuralgia were classified in the second group. In the first group, air CT cisternography revealed 21 cases of small acoustic tumors including intracanalicular tumors. Additionally, several unexpected small lesions were detected in the cerebellopontine angle. These included small meningiomas, osteoma, osteogenic tumor, nodulated acoustic nerve in neurofibromatosis, primary acoustic nerve atrophy, adhesive arachnoiditis, elongated basilar artery and patulous acoustic meatus. In the second group, the causative artery of neurovascular compression at the nerve exit zone failed to be confirmed in many cases, but satisfactory preoperative information concerning nerves and vessels in the cerebellopontine angle were provided by air CT cisternography. The advantages and disadvantages of air CT cisternography and MRI-CT for the diagnosis of small lesions in the cerebellopontine angle are also discussed. (author).

  2. A Case of Bell's Palsy with an Incidental Finding of a Cerebellopontine Angle Lipoma. (United States)

    Lagman, Carlito; Choy, Winward; Lee, Seung J; Chung, Lawrance K; Bui, Timothy T; Yang, Isaac; Goldman, Howard W


    This case report illustrates the potential fallacy of attributing a patient's symptoms to an incidental finding. Serial imaging of small, asymptomatic cerebellopontine angle (CPA) lipomas is favored. It is imperative to accurately diagnose CPA lipoma on imaging and differentiate it from more common CPA lesions. We herein present a patient with symptoms consistent with Bell's palsy and an incidental finding of a CPA lipoma. Additionally, we performed a review of the literature for case reports of patients presenting with facial symptoms and diagnosed with a CPA lipoma.

  3. Cerebral salt wasting syndrome: postoperative complication in tumours of the cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Ruiz-Juretschke, Fernando; Arístegui, Miguel; García-Leal, Roberto; Fernández-Carballal, Carlos; Lowy, Alejandro; Martin-Oviedo, Carlos; Panadero, Teresa


    Cerebral salt wasting (CSW) is a rare complication in posterior fossa tumour surgery. We present two patients with cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumours who developed cerebral salt wasting postoperatively. Both patients deteriorated in spite of intensive fluid and salt replacement. On CT scan the patients presented mild to moderate ventricular dilation, which was treated with an external ventricular drainage. After the resolution of hydrocephalus, fluid balance rapidly returned to normal in both patients and the clinical status improved. Identification and treatment of secondary obstructive hydrocephalus may contribute to the management of CSW associated to posterior fossa tumour surgery.

  4. Lipoma do ângulo pontocerebelar: relato de caso Lipoma of the cerebellopontine angle: case report

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    Full Text Available Os lipomas do ângulo pontocerebelar são tumores muito raros. Em geral são assintomáticos, achados fortuitos em autópsia, tomografia computadorizada (TC de crânio ou ressonância nuclear magnética do encéfalo. Os autores apresentam o caso de paciente, feminina, branca, 14 anos, há três anos com diminuição da audição à esquerda e há um ano com cefaléia, tipo hemicrânia à esquerda. A TC de crânio evidenciou lesão hipodensa, sem captação de contraste, no ângulo pontocerebelar esquerdo. A paciente foi submetida a cirurgia por via retrossigmóidea para abordagem da lesão, que se apresentou de coloração amarelada, característica de tecido adiposo. Tendo em vista o envolvimento de estruturas nervosas (VII e VIII nervos cranianos, optou-se pela exérese parcial da lesão. A paciente evoluiu com melhora da cefaléia, sem piora do déficit auditivo. Após três anos de seguimento, mantém o quadro estável. Conclui-se que os lipomas do ângulo pontocerebelar, quando assintomáticos, podem ser tratados conservadoramente. Entretanto aqueles associados a sintomatologia persistente e progressiva devem ser operados. A exérese total ou parcial vai depender do envolvimento ou não das estruturas neurovasculares adjacentes.Lipoma of the cerebellopontine angle is a very rare tumor. We report the case of a 14-years-old female, with left side deafness during three years, associated with headache. CT scan showed an hypodense mass, without enhancement at the cerebellopontine angle. The patient was treated surgically by left retrosigmoid approach. The lesion involved the eighth and seventh cranial nerves and only a partial removal was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful. She had no more headache; the deafness of the left side remained unchanged. Asymptomatic lipoma of the cerebellopontine angle can be treated conservatively, although those with progressive symptoms should be treated surgically, with total or partial remove

  5. Chronic Lyme disease with an expansive granulomatous lesion in the cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Mokry, M; Flaschka, G; Kleinert, G; Kleinert, R; Fazekas, F; Kopp, W


    Expansive granulomatous lesions in the posterior cranial fossa are rare and have not been reported in conjunction with Lyme disease. We report a patient with verified Borrelia burgdorferi infection who developed a tumor in the cerebellopontine angle. Rapid growth of the tumor led to signs of cerebral compression and to hydrocephalus. Surgical intervention was required despite florid meningitis. The histological examination showed inflammatory, nonspecific granulation tissue. The origin of this tissue is almost certainly causally related to the B. burgdorferi infection. Signs of inflammation resolved rapidly after subtotal resection. The clinical, radiological, and biochemical course is documented. This is the first report of an expansive cerebral lesion in the chronic phase of Lyme disease.

  6. Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Following Translabyrinthine Resection of Cerebellopontine Angle Tumors: Report of Two Cases (United States)

    Li, Peter M.M.C.; Fischbein, Nancy J.; Do, Huy M.; Blevins, Nikolas H.


    We describe two cases of dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) developing in a delayed fashion after translabyrinthine resection of cerebellopontine angle tumors. Two patients in an academic tertiary referral center, a 46-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, underwent translabyrinthine resection of a 2-cm left vestibular schwannoma and a 4-cm left petrous meningioma, respectively. Both patients subsequently developed DAVF, and in each case the diagnosis was delayed despite serial imaging follow-up. In one patient, cerebrospinal fluid diversion before DAVF was identified as the cause of her intracranial hypertension; the other patient was essentially asymptomatic but with a high risk of hemorrhage due to progression of cortical venous drainage. Endovascular treatment was effective but required multiple sessions due to residual or recurrent fistulas. Dural arteriovenous fistula is a rare complication of translabyrinthine skull base surgery. Diagnosis requires a high index of clinical suspicion and an understanding of subtle imaging findings that may be present on follow-up studies performed for tumor surveillance. Failure to recognize this complication may lead to misguided interventions for treatment of hydrocephalus and other complications, as well as ongoing risks related to venous hypertension and intracranial hemorrhage. As this condition is generally curable with neurointerventional and/or surgical methods, timely diagnosis and treatment are essential. PMID:23984203

  7. Epidermoid cyst causing hemifacial spasm epidermoid cyst in cerebellopontine angle presenting with hemifacial spasm

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    Murat Alemdar


    Full Text Available Hemifacial Spasm (HS occurs idiopathically or secondary to the lesions compressing the root exit zone of the facial nerve symptomatically. Symptomatic HS is generally due to vascular compression. We report on a 23-year-old male with right sided HS for a month. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the brain revealed a well-demarcated epidermoid cyst in the right cerebellopontine cistern. It was hypointense on T1-weighted imaging, hyperintense on T2-weighted imaging without contrast enhancement, hyperintense on DWI, and slightly hypointense on ADC relative to the brain. Although it caused shifting of the pons and medulla to the left side and compression of the right cerebellar peduncles and fourth ventricle, the sole symptom of the patient was HS. Clinicians are advised to request MRI/scan for brainstem lesions from the patients with HS. Epidermoid cysts in cerebellopontine cistern may present with HS as the sole symptom.

  8. Trauma-induced auditory nerve degeneration due to cerebellopontine(CP) angle manipulations:clinical and experimental experience

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    Tetsuji Sekiya


    In order to investigate the pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for trauma-induced hearing disturbances due to auditory nerve degeneration, we established for the first time a rat experimental model in which auditory nerve degeneration due to compression injury of the cerebellopontine (CP) angle portion of the auditory nerve can be quantitatively evaluated. In this paper, Ⅰ demonstrate our clinical experience in CP angle surgery and some of the results of our experiments performed onthis rat experimental model. Trauma-induced hearing loss in CP angle operations has long been regarded as a sort of unavoidable "natural course"and therefore hopeless.I believe that this pessimistic view should be challenged and changed through new approaches in scientific research.

  9. Symptomatic ependymal cysts of the perimesencephalic and cerebello-pontine angle cisterns. (United States)

    Sharma, R R; Pawar, S J; Kharangate, P P; Delmendo, A


    Primary intracranial ependymal cysts are extremely rare. These are congenital, benign ependyma lined, commonly intraparenchymal and uncommonly extraparenchymal cysts in leptomeningeal location of variable size seen in the adult life. The authors report two cases of symptomatic ependymal cysts: one in the perimesencephalic cistern in a 10-month-old infant presenting with delayed mile stones and another in the cerebello-pontine cistern in a morbidly obese 35-year-old woman with known benign intracranial hypertension now presenting with hemifacial spasm. Neurosurgical intervention was curative in both cases. Interesting clinical, radiological and histological features are presented and discussed.

  10. Metastatic Extrapulmonary Small Cell Carcinoma to the Cerebellopontine Angle: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Debebe Theodros


    Full Text Available Extrapulmonary small cell carcinomas (EPSCC are rare malignancies with poor patient prognoses. We present the case of a 63-year-old male who underwent surgical resection of a poorly differentiated small cell carcinoma, likely from a small intestinal primary tumor that metastasized to the cerebellopontine angle (CPA. A 63-year-old male presented with mild left facial paralysis, hearing loss, and balance instability. MRI revealed a 15 mm mass in the left CPA involving the internal auditory canal consistent with a vestibular schwannoma. Preoperative MRI eight weeks later demonstrated marked enlargement to 35 mm. The patient underwent a suboccipital craniectomy and the mass was grossly different visually and in consistency from a standard vestibular schwannoma. The final pathology revealed a poorly differentiated small cell carcinoma. Postoperative PET scan identified avid uptake in the small intestine suggestive of either a small intestinal primary tumor or additional metastatic disease. The patient underwent whole brain radiation therapy and chemotherapy and at last follow-up demonstrated improvement in his symptoms. Surgical resection and radiotherapy are potential treatment options to improve survival in patients diagnosed with NET brain metastases. We present the first documented case of skull base metastasis of a poorly differentiated small cell carcinoma involving the CPA.

  11. Does the location of a vascular loop in the cerebellopontine angle explain pulsatile and non-pulsatile tinnitus?

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    Nowe, V.; Wang, X.L.; Gielen, J.; Goethem, J.Van; Oezsarlak, Oe.; De Schepper, A.M.; Parizel, P.M. [University of Antwerp, Department of Radiology, Edegem (Belgium); Ridder, D. De [University of Antwerp, Department of Neurosurgery, Edegem (Belgium); Heyning, P.H.Van de [University of Antwerp, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Edegem (Belgium)


    The purpose was to investigate patients with unexplained pulsatile and non-pulsatile tinnitus by means of MR imaging of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) and to correlate the clinical subtype of tinnitus with the location of a blood vessel (in the internal auditory canal or at the cisternal part of the VIIIth cranial nerve). Clinical presentation of tinnitus and perceptive hearing loss were correlated. In 47 patients with unexplained tinnitus, an MR examination of the CPA was performed. Virtual endoscopy reconstructions were obtained using a 3D axial thin-section high-resolution heavily T2-weighted gradient echo constructive interference in steady state (CISS) data-set. High-resolution T2-weighted CISS images showed a significantly higher number of vascular loops in the internal auditory canal in patients with arterial pulsatile tinnitus compared to patients with non-pulsatile tinnitus (P<0.00001). Virtual endoscopy images were used to investigate vascular contacts at the cisternal part of the VIIIth cranial nerve in patients with low pitch and high pitch non-pulsatile tinnitus. A significantly different distribution of the vascular contacts (P=0.0320) was found. Furthermore, a correlation between the clinical presentation of non-pulsatile tinnitus (high pitch and low pitch) and the perceptive hearing loss was found (P=0.0235). High-resolution heavily T2-weighted CISS images and virtual endoscopy of the CPA can be used to evaluate whether a vascular contact is present in the internal auditory canal or at the cisternal part of the VIIIth cranial nerve and whether the location of the vascular contact correlates with the clinical subtype of tinnitus. Our findings suggest that there is a tonotopical structure of the cisternal part of the VIIIth cranial nerve. A correlation between the clinical presentation of tinnitus and hearing loss was found. (orig.)

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  13. MRI of the cerebellopontine angle in patients with cleido-cranial dysostosis; MRT der Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkelregion bei Patienten mit Dysostosis cleido-cranialis

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    Scherer, A.; Engelbrecht, V.; Nawatny, J.; Moedder, U. [Duesseldorf Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische Radiologie; Messing-Juenger, M. [Duesseldorf Univ. (Germany). Neurochirurgische Klinik; Reifenberger, G. [Duesseldorf Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Neuropathologie


    Purpose: Cleidocranial dysostosis (CCD) is an autosomal dominant bone disorder in which deafness is common secondary to malformation of the middle ear structures. The study aimed at MRI evaluation of the cerebellopontine angle in 7 patients with a history of CCD - two generation spanned relatives. Material and methods: Cranial MRI in 7 patients with CCD (4 women/3 men aged between 8 and 46 years) was performed. In two patients hearing disorders were present. The examinations encompassed multi-planar spinecho sequences of the cerebellopontine angle in 3-mm slice thickness before and after administration of contrast medium. Results: The clinically most conspicuous female patient (hearing loss, ataxia, headache) showed a strongly contrast-enhancing tumor in MRI that was histologically proved to be an acoustic schwannoma. Concerning the other family members, no pathological findings were noted except for non-pneumatized mastoids. Conclusion: The first report of a patient with CCD and an acoustic schwannoma shows that in case of hearing loss in these patients also a retrocochlear cause must be considered. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Die Dysostosis cleido-cranialis (DCC) ist eine autosomal-dominant erbliche Knochenerkrankung, bei der aufgrund von Mittelohrmissbildungen gehaeuft Hoerstoerungen beobachtet werden. Wir ueberpruefen bei 7 von diesem Syndrom betroffenen Verwandten 1. und 2. Grades, ob sich kernspintomographisch Auffaelligkeiten der Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkelregion nachweisen lassen. Material und Methoden: MRT-Untersuchungen des Schaedels bei 7 Patienten mit DCC (4 Frauen, 3 Maenner im Alter zwischen 8 und 46 Jahren). Bei zwei Patienten lagen klinisch Hoerstoerungen vor. Die Bildgebung umfasste multiplanare Spin-Echo-Sequenzen und wurde im Bereich des Kleinhirnbrueckenwinkels in 3 mm Schichtdicke vor und nach Gadoliniumgabe durchgefuehrt. Ergebnisse: Die klinisch auffaelligste Patientin (progredienter Hoerverlust, Ataxie, Cephalgien) zeigte in der MRT einen kraeftig

  14. Epidermoid cyst in the cerebellopontine angle cistern presenting as trigeminal neuralgia. Diagnostic values of the orbicularis oculi reflex and metrizamide CT cisternography - case report -

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    Ueda, Takashi; Goya, Tomokazu; Kinoshita, Kazuo (Miyazaki Medical College, Miyazaki (Japan)); Fukui, Masashi


    This 29-year-old male had been suffering from left trigeminal neuralgia one year prior to admission. Admission was prompted by the development of pain in the third division of the left trigeminal nerve. Physical and neurological examinations were not remarkable except for the facial pain. The orbicularis oculi reflex showed delayed latency of R/sub 1/ on the affected side. CT scans performed pre- and post-contrast enhancement revealed a low density area in the left cerebellopontine angle cistern. Metrizamide CT cisternography clearly revealed the margin of the lesion as the contrast media did not enter into the low density area. A left suboccipital craniectomy was performed. The trigeminal nerve was surrounded by a thin-capsulated mass and cholesteatoma materials. Histological diagnosis was epidermoid cyst. Since this surgical procedure, the trigeminal neuralgia has not recurred for one year. Without objective neurological deficits, it is difficult to distinguish symptomatic trigeminal from idiopathic neuralgia. Therefore, minor change of the orbicularis oculi reflex should help in objectively detecting dysfunction of the trigeminal nerve. Metrizamide CT cisternography is also useful in diagnosis of cystic lesions.

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  16. MRI对桥小脑角池占位病变的诊断价值分析%Analysis of Diagnostic Value of MRI for Occupied Lesions in Cerebellopontine Angle

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    蒋君军; 罗庆华


    Objective To investigate the radiological appearances and diagnostic value of MRI of occupied lesions in cerebellopon-tine angle, and to provide effective diagnostic basis for clinic. Methods 35 cases of patients with cerebellopontine angle proved surgically and pathologically in our hospital from January 2010 to May 2014 were selected, the preoperative MRI of these patients were retrospectively investigated. Results 15 cases were meningeoma, accounting for 43%;10 cases were acoustic neuroma, accounting for 29%;5 cases were epidermoid cyst, accounting for 14%;2 cases were arachroid cyst, 2 cases were dermoid cyst and 1 case was lipoma, which totally accounted for 14%. Conclusions As MRI can clearly reflect the shape, size and scope of the occupied lesions in cerebellopontine angle, we can make a qualitative diagnosis combining with MRI, thus to provide effective basis for clinical surgery.%目的:探讨桥小脑角池内占位病变的M砸陨影像学表现及诊断价值,为临床提供有效的诊断依据。方法收集我院2010年1月至2014年5月共35例经手术及病理证实桥小脑角池内占位病变,回顾分析患者术前的M砸陨检查图像。结果15例为脑膜瘤,占43豫;10例为听神经瘤,占29豫;5例为表皮样囊肿,占14豫;2例为蛛网膜囊肿,2例为皮样囊肿,1例为脂肪瘤,共占14豫。结论M砸陨影像可清楚地反映桥小脑角池占位病灶的形态、大小、范围等。结合M砸陨影像学表现可以做出定性诊断,为临床手术治疗提供有效的依据。

  17. pc-ASL 技术在桥小脑角区肿瘤术后复发评估%The diagnostic value of PCASL MRI technique in evaluating post-operative recurrence of cerebellopontine angle tumor

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    石凤祥; 王玉凤; 王海辉; 徐田勇; 荣凡令


    目的:探讨3D FSE 的 pc-ASL 技术对桥小脑角区肿瘤术后复发的诊断价值。方法:选取21例桥小脑角区占位性病变术后患者,行常规平扫及增强序列,在增强前扫描 pc-ASL 序列。将 pc-ASL 功能图像与增强后 Ax 3D T1 WI 融合,测量异常强化区域及对侧正常脑组织的 CBF 值,评价是否存在肿瘤复发。结果:全部21例手术区出现异常强化区患者,13例为复发。17例患者行 DSC-PWI 失败,图像无法满足诊断需求。全部21例 pc-ASL 检查成功。肿瘤复发区域的CBF 值为(64.2±3.03)mL/100g/min,对侧正常脑实质的 CBF 值为(52.5±1.89)mL/100g/min。肿瘤复发区域的 CBF值明显高于对照侧脑组织,两者之间差异有统计学意义(t=12.498,P <0.05)。结论:基于3D FSE 的 pc-ASL 序列安全无创,无需注射对比剂,磁敏感效应影响小,可以用于评估桥小脑角区肿瘤有无术后复发。%Objective:The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of 3D FSE pseudo-continuous arte-rial spin labeling (pCASL)technique in evaluating post-operative recurrence of cerebellopontine angle tumor.Methods:21 post-operative patients with cerebellopontine angle tumor underwent pre-and post-contrast MRI scans.Perfusion-weighted MR imaging (PWI)with pCASL technique was performed before contrast injection.The CBF maps generated from pCASL were fused with post-contrast 3D T1 WI.The CBF values of abnormal enhanced area and contralateral normal brain tissue were measured and statistically analyzed to assess whether there was a recurrence of the neoplasm.Results:The neoplasm recurrence was found in 13/21 cases.DSC-PWI failed to generate functional maps in 17/21 cases due to the susceptibility ar-tifact;however,all 21 cases successfully underwent pCASL scan using 3D-FSE sequence.The mean CBF values were (64.2 ±3.03)mL/100g/min for the recurrent neoplasm and (52.5 ±1.89)mL/100g/min for

  18. 桥小脑角区小型占位致继发性三叉神经痛的手术疗效分析%Surgical outcome after resection of small cerebellopontine angle lesions resulted in secondary trigeminal neuralgia

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    陶传元; 魏攀; 庄进学; 陈登奎; 程宏炜; 宋朝理; 李海龙; 薛峰; 张炜; 郑小强


    目的 评估桥小脑角区(CPA)小型占位致继发性三叉神经痛的手术疗效.方法 回顾分析我科自2005年1月~2010年12月期间该类患者的临床资料,包括年龄、症状及体征、影像学表现、手术方式、疗效及并发症.结果 6年期间手术治疗三叉神经痛372例,其中CPA区小型病变(最大直径<3cm)致继发性三叉神经痛23例,约占6.2%;病种包括胆脂瘤12例、神经鞘瘤6例、脑膜瘤3例、蛛网膜囊肿2例;所有患者行乙状窦后入路显微镜下切除病变,3例另行三叉神经感觉根部分切断术;术后疼痛消失20例,面部麻木3例;术后并发症包括无菌性脑膜炎、脑脊液漏、颅内感染、短暂耳鸣及面瘫,均恢复,无死亡.随访1~5年,无疼痛复发.结论 CPA区小型占位所致继发性三叉神经痛患者由于病变小、易于全切,加之镜下暴露充分,手术疗效满意;术中若发现病变与三叉神经无确切关系,则需行微血管减压或三叉神经部分感觉根切断术.%Objective To evaluate the surgical outcome after resection of small cerebel-lopontine angle lesions resulted in secondary trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Methods Clinical data including age, symptom and sign, image manifestation, surgical modality, surgical outcome and complications in patients diagnosed secondary TN resulted from small cerebellopontine angle lesions are analyzed retrospectively between 2005. 1 and 2010. 12. Results Of 6 years duration, 372 cases of TN underwent operations. There were 23 cases of such kind (the largest diameter less than 3cm) accounting for 6. 2% among them which involved 12 cholesteatomas, 6 schwanno-mas, 3 meningiomas and 2 arachnoid cysts. All lesions were resected under microscope through retrosigmoid approach and additional partial sensory rhizotomy was performed in 3 cases. After operation, 20 cases got complete pain relief and the rest had facial numbness. Postoperative complications included aseptic

  19. Late metastasis of breast adenocarcinoma into internal auditory canal and cerebellopontine angle: case report Metástase tardia de adenocarcinoma de mama para o canal auditivo interno e ângulo ponto-cerebelar: relato de caso

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    Full Text Available A case of metastasis of breast adenocarcinoma into the internal auditory canal (IAC and cerebellopontine angle (CPA is presented, which appeared 16 years after primary tumor had been treated by surgery and radiation therapy. The 66-year old patient was considered cured from the primary disease, when she started with a rapidly developing hearing loss and intermittent facial palsy. Magnetic resonance image (MRI displayed an intra- and extracanalicular tumor mass, which radiologically resembled a vestibular schwannoma. Surgery was performed and histopathological studies showed an adenocarcinoma compatible with breast origin. Metastasis is a rare occurrence within the IAC and CPA. Clinical history of severe facial palsy will rise suspicion of malignant tumor in spite of the radiological findings.Um caso de metástase de adenocarcinoma de mama para o canal auditivo interno e ângulo ponto-cerebelar é apresentado. A metástase ocorreu após 16 anos do tumor primário ter sido tratado com cirurgia e radioterapia. A paciente de 66 anos foi considerada curada de sua doença primária, quando apresentou perda auditiva de progressão rápida associada a paralisia facial intermitente. Ressonância magnética demonstrou uma lesão expansiva intra e extracanalicular, cujo aspecto radiológico lembrava schwannoma do vestibular. A paciente foi submetida a cirurgia e investigação histopatológica confirmou tratar-se de metástase. Metástase é uma rara ocorrência dentro do canal auditivo interno e ângulo ponto-cerebelar. História clínica de paralisia facial severa aumentará a suspeita de lesão maligna apesar dos achados radiológicos.

  20. Clinicopathologic features of endolymphatic sac tumor at cerebellopontine angle%桥脑小脑角区内淋巴囊肿瘤五例临床病理分析及鉴别诊断

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    杜江; 王军梅; 崔云; 李桂林


    ObjectiveTo study the clinicopathologic features and immunophenotype of endolymphatic sac tumor (ELST) and normal endolymphatic sac. Methods The clinical and histologic features were evaluated in 5 cases of ELST. Eight cases of choroid plexus papilloma at cerebellopontine angle and 2 cases of normal endolymphatic sac were used as controls. Immunohistochemical study for vimentin,AE1/AE3, CK8/18, CK5/6, EMA, GFAP, synaptophysin, S-100 protein, CEA, TTF-1, VEGF, D2-40,calponin, calretinin and Ki-67 was carried out. Results The age of onset of ELST ranged from 23 to 35years ( median =24 years ). The male-to-female ratio was 2 ∶ 3. The clinical presentation was tinnitus,otalgia, hearing loss, otorrhagia with effusion and headache. The duration of symptoms ranged from 6 months to 10 years. Local recurrences were noted in 3 cases. Radiologically, the tumors were located at cerebellopontine angle and demonstrated petrous bone destruction. Histologic examination showed that the tumors had a papillary-glandular pattern. The papillae were covered by a single layer of low cuboidal cells. The tumor cells had distinct cell borders and contained eosinophilic to clear cytoplasm. The nuclei were slightly atypical and sometimes apically located. Focal dilated glandular structures with colloid-like material were also identified. The surrounding stroma was vascularized. All of the 5 cases had dural or petrous bone infiltration. Immunohistochemical study showed that all of the 5 cases were positive for AE1/AE3, CK8/18,CK5/6 and VEGF, 4 cases for EMA, 3 cases for calponin (focal) , 2 cases for vimentin, 2 cases for S-100protein, 1 case for GFAP and 1 case for synaptophysin (focal and weak). The Ki-67 index measured less than 1%. The staining for D2-40, calretinin, CEA and TTF-1 was negative. The 2 cases of the normal endolymphatic sac were positive for AE1/AE3 and CK8/18, and negative for CK5/6, EMA, S-100 protein,GFAP and synaptophysin. The 8 cases of choroid plexus papilloma were

  1. Neuralgia do trigêmeo bilateral por cisticerco racemoso unilateral no ângulo-ponto cerebelar: relato de caso Unusual cause for bilateral trigeminal neuralgia: unilateral racemous cysticercus of cerebellopontine angle. Case report

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    Full Text Available Descrevemos o caso de uma paciente de 42 anos portadora de cisticerco racemoso na região do ângulo ponto-cerebelar (APC direito com trigeminalgia bilateral mais intensa no lado ipsilateral à localização do parasita. O cisticerco foi totalmente removido por meio de craniotomia suboccipital. No primeiro dia pós-operatório houve desaparecimento bilateral da dor. Duas hipóteses fisiopatológicas foram aventadas para explicar a sintomatologia: lesões que ultrapassam os limites da cisterna do APC poderão através da cisterna pré-pontina alcançar a cisterna do APC atingindo o trigêmeo contralateral; lesões com grande efeito de massa poderão provocar rotação do tronco cerebral e deslocamento e tração de estruturas ipsi e contralaterais, provocando compressão arteriovenosa sobre o trigêmeo contralateral na porção superior da cisterna do APC. Salientamos a necessidade de exames de imagem ante qualquer algia craniofacial e observamos que, em lesões na região do APC, a cisticercose não pode ser esquecida.We report the case of a 42-year-old woman with a racemous cystecercus in the right cerebellopontine angle (CPA, who presented with bilateral trigeminal neuralgia. The parasite was completly removed via a right suboccipital craniotomy. On the first postoperative day, the patient indicated that the pain disappeared. The neuralgia was caused by two probable mechanisms: a distortion of the brain stem and compression of the nerve against an arterial loop at the entry zone or arachnoiditis caused by the parasite in the both CPA cisternae. This case demonstrates the advisability of obtaining imaging studies in all patients with trigeminal neuralgia before starting any management. We must always remind that the cysticercus may be a differential diagnosis of CPA lesions.

  2. 神经内镜下桥小脑角区手术入路的解剖学研究%Anatomical study of surgical approach to cerebellopontine angle under neuroendoscope

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    宋英; 师蔚; 马向科


    Objective To evaluate the application of three kinds of approach to the cerebellopontine angle under neuroendoscope. Methods Suboccipital retrosigmoid extracerebellar keyhole approach, suboccipital retrosigmoid infratentorial-supracerebellar keyhole approach and suboccipital retrosigmoid inferior floccular process keyhole approach were simulated under neuroendoscope respectively, and the surgical routes and anatomical landmarks to the root exit/entry zoon (REZ) of the V , Ⅳ, K cranial nerves were defined. Results The REZ of the cranial nerves V, VII and IX were observed through the suboccipital retrosigmoid extracerebellar keyhole approach, and the landmarks covered Meckel cave, internal auditory foramen, jugular foramen and cranial nerves V, Ⅳ, Ⅷ, K. The structure from the REZ of cranial nerve V to Meckel cave were explored through suboccipital retrosigmoid infratentorial-supracerebellar keyhole approach, and the landmarks covered the petrosal vein, cranial nerve V and Meckel cave. The REZ of the cranial nerves K and VD were explored via suboccipital retrosigmoid infrafloccular process keyhole approach, and the landmarks covered the choroid plexus of the fourth ventricle and floccular process. Conclusions Infratentorial-supracerebellar keyhole approach is superior to extracerebellar keyhole approach for microvascular decompression of the cranial nerve V, while infrafloccular process keyhole approach is superior to extracerebellar keyhole approach for microvascular decompression of the cranial nerve VD or IX.%目的 探讨神经内镜下桥小脑角区3种手术入路的应用价值.方法 在神经内镜下分别模拟枕下乙状窦后小脑外侧锁孔入路、枕下乙状窦后幕下小脑上锁孔入路、枕下乙状窦后绒球下锁孔入路,确定到三叉神经出入脑干区(REZ)、面神经REZ及舌咽神经REZ的手术路径及解剖定位标志.结果 枕下乙状窦后小脑外侧锁孔入路可探查三叉神经REZ、面神经REZ、舌咽神

  3. 小脑脑桥角海绵状血管畸形三例并文献复习%Cystic cavernous malformations in the cerebellopontine angle: report of three cases and literature review

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    于金录; 曲丽梅; 李叶; 王柏; 王宏磊


    Objective To investigate the clinical presentation,imaging features and treatment experience of cystic cavernous malformations (CMs) in the cerebellopontine angle (CPA).Methods Three patients with the CMs of the CPA between 2005 and 2010 in our institute were summarised.Five patients from MEDLINE search of the English literature from 1985 to 2010 for CMs of the CPA were identified.We reviewed the characteristics of these 5 cases and our cases.Results Their presenting symptoms of 5 cases in the literature included headache,injury of cranial nerves in the CPA and cerebellar symptoms.But they did not show signs of brain stem compression.MRI and/or CT scans showed that the lesions in the eight cases of CMs all had solid and cystic components,and no adhesion with internal auditory canal and skull base dura mater was present in the CPA.Despite the fact that cystic CMs also involved cranial nerves,cerebellum,brainstem and arteries,they could be separated from these surrounding structures thanked to the presence of well - margined adhesion,which was contrary to solid CMs.We reported three cystic CMs of the CPA in our institute that was the same as the above.Conclusion Although cystic CMs of the CPA had no established imaging features,a diagnosis of CMs may be suspected when a cystic lesion is present in the CPA and does not involve internal acoustic meatus or dura matter of the skull base.Skillful microsurgical techniques will secure good outcomes for patients with cystic CMs in the CPA.%目的 总结小脑脑桥角(CPA)区海绵状血管畸形(CMs)的临床表现、影像学特征及治疗特点.方法 2005年6月至2010年6月我科共收治CPA区CMs病例3例,进行报告.搜索MEDLINE上自1985年至2010年文献查到此类病例5例,进行文献复习.结果 文献复习的5例CMs临床表现为脑神经及小脑受累症状,但无脑干受压症状;影像见CMs均呈囊实性,与内听道及颅底硬膜无粘连;术中见CMs与周边结构有粘连,但可进行分

  4. Malformação da transição crânio-vertebral como causa de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar: relato de dois casos Cerebello-pontine angle syndrome associated with cranio-vertebral malformation: report of two cases

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    Full Text Available Os autores relatam dois casos de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar nos quais não havia neoplasia nessa região. Ambos os pacientes apresentavam uma associação de impressão basilar com síndrome de Arnold-Chiari. Após cirurgia descompressiva de fossa posterior os casos evoluiram favoravelmente com a diminuição progressiva dos sintomas neurológicos, restando apenas, no segundo paciente, certo grau de paralisia e de espasmo facial, à direita. São feitas considerações em tôrno das causas mais freqüentes da síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar, bem como acêrca dos quadros clínicos mais usualmente encontrados em doentes que apresentam malformações da transição crânio-vertebral. Finalmente, os autores tecem breves considerações a respeito do possível mecanismo lesionai do VIII, do V e do VII nervos cranianos nos dois casos relatados.Two cases of cerebelo-pontine angle syndrome associated with basilar impression and Arnold-Chiari malformation are reported. In both cases neuroradiological studies and surgical exploration failled to demonstrate any space occupying lesion. After surgery the patients progressively recovered disapearing the neurological symptoms except for a slaight hemifacial spasm that remained in case 2. Clinical signs present in cerebello-pontine angle lesions and the occipito-cervical malformations are discussed. A possible mechanism to explain the association of both conditions is discussed.

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  7. Imaging findings of cerebellopontine angle cistern melanocytoma : a case report

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    Kim, Sung Mi; Choi, Jin Ok; Joo, Myung Jin [Presbyterian Medical Center, Chunju (Korea, Republic of)


    Because melanocytes are found throughout the leptomeninges, primary melanotic pigmented tumors such as pigmented meningioma, malignant melanoma, melanoblastosis, and melanocytoma can arise from this region. Melanocytomas have been described in the literature as isodense or hyperdense compared with brain parenchyme, as seen on noncontrast-enhanced CT, and as showing relatively homogeneous enhancement MR imaging demonstrates a high signal on T1-weighted images, and an iso to hypointense signal on T2-weighted images. We report the imaging findings of a melanocytoma that showed hyperdense attenuation on precontrast CT with homogeneous enhancement and hyperintense signal intensity on T1-weighted images and dark signal intensity enhancement on T2-weighted images, and also review the literature. (author)

  8. Cystic angiomatous meningioma in the cerebellopontine angle mimicking hemangioblastoma

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    Deb Prabal


    Full Text Available We hereby report an extremely unusual case of cystic angiomatous meningioma in the CPA region in a 58-year-old male patient. He presented with complaints of headache, repeated episodes of vomiting and increasing unsteadiness of gait. Neuroimaging showed a large multicystic left-sided tentorial tumor projecting into the cerebellum and CPA with contrast-enhancing peripheral solid rim. He underwent a left retromastoid craniectomy and total excision of the tumor. Histopathology revealed an angiomatous meningioma with predominant microvascular component and extensive cystic changes. Immunopositivity for epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, vimentin and S-100 protein proved vital in excluding a hemangioblastoma.

  9. [Brodie's abscess]. (United States)

    Lindsetmo, R O; Due, J; Singh, K; Stalsberg, H


    Brodie's abscess is a localized subacute or chronic osteomyelitis independent of any known previous acute infection. The entity is often mistaken for a bone tumour. The diagnosis requires biopsy. The treatment is curettage, drainage and antibiotics for a minimum of six weeks. We describe the characteristics of Brodie's abscess and describe a patient with an illustrating history, but with an unusual localization of the abscess (osilium).

  10. Anorectal abscess (United States)

    Complications of anorectal abscess may include: Anal fistula (abnormal connection between the anus and another structure) Infection that spreads to the blood ( sepsis ) Continuing pain Problem keeps coming back (recurrence) ...

  11. Epidural abscess (United States)

    ... or scalp Bone infections of the spine (vertebral osteomyelitis) People who inject drugs are also at increased ... may include: Brain abscess Brain damage Bone infection (osteomyelitis) Chronic back pain Meningitis Nerve damage Return of ...

  12. Splenic abscesses. (United States)

    Al-Hajjar, Nadim; Graur, Florin; Hassan, Aboul B; Molnár, Geza


    Splenic abscesses are rare entities (autopsy incidence between 0.14-0.7%). The most frequent etiology is the septic emboli seeding from bacterial endocarditis (about 20% of cases) or other septic foci (typhoid fever, malaria, urinary tract infections, osteomielitis, otitis). The treatment of splenic abscesses was until recently splenectomy with antibiotherapy. The actual trends are more conservative (mini invasive or non-invasive) because the immunologic role of the spleen has been better understood over the last year

  13. Peritonsillar Abscess (For Teens) (United States)

    ... Surgery? A Week of Healthy Breakfasts Shyness Peritonsillar Abscess KidsHealth > For Teens > Peritonsillar Abscess A A A ... en español Abscesos periamigdalinos What Is a Peritonsillar Abscess? A peritonsillar abscess is an area of pus- ...

  14. Percutaneous Abscess Drainage (United States)

    ... Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Percutaneous Abscess Drainage An abscess is an infected fluid collection ... are the benefits vs. risks? What is Percutaneous Abscess Drainage? An abscess is an infected fluid collection ...

  15. Peritonsillar abscess

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    Sørensen, J A; Godballe, C; Andersen, N H;


    The occurrence of disease in the remaining tonsil after unilateral tonsillectomy à chaud in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess, was studied in 536 patients. No patient had a history of previous severe tonsillitis at the time of the unilateral tonsillectomy, 6.1 per cent of the patients were...... of patients younger than 30 years old who suffer from peritonsillar abscess irrespective of previous tonsillar disease. Patients older than 30 should be treated with unilateral ablation, unless there is a clear indication for bilateral tonsillectomy....

  16. Pyogenic liver abscess (United States)

    Liver abscess; Bacterial liver abscess ... There are many possible causes of liver abscesses, including: Abdominal infection, such as appendicitis , diverticulitis , or a perforated bowel Infection in the blood Infection of the bile draining tubes ...

  17. Amebic liver abscess (United States)

    Hepatic amebiasis; Extraintestinal amebiasis; Abscess - amebic liver ... Amebic liver abscess is caused by Entamoeba histolytica. This parasite causes amebiasis , an intestinal infection that is also called ...

  18. CT of pituitary abscess

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    Fong, T.C.; Johns, R.D.; Long, M.; Myles, S.T.


    Pituitary abscess is a rare condition, with only 50 cases reported in the literature. Of those, 29 cases were well documented for analysis. Preoperative diagnosis of pituitary abscess is difficult. The computed tomographic (CT) appearance of pituitary abscess was first described in 1983; the abscess was depicted by axial images with coronal reconstruction. The authors recently encountered a case of pituitary abscess documented by direct coronal CT of the sella turcica.

  19. Abscess - abdomen or pelvis (United States)

    ... infected fluid and pus located inside the belly (abdominal cavity). This type of abscess can be located near ... abdominal abscesses: Abdominal x-ray Ultrasound of the abdomen and pelvis CT scan of the abdomen and ...

  20. Spinal cord abscess (United States)

    ... drugs The infection often begins in the bone ( osteomyelitis ). The bone infection may cause an epidural abscess ... Boils Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) collection Epidural abscess Osteomyelitis Pulmonary tuberculosis Sepsis Spinal cord trauma Swelling Review ...

  1. Tonsillar Cellulitis and Abscess (United States)

    ... Vocal Cord Contact Ulcers Vocal Cord Paralysis Tonsillar cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the tissues around the tonsils. A tonsillar ... Laryngoceles Retropharyngeal Abscess Salivary Gland Disorders Submandibular ... and Tonsillar Abscess Tonsillopharyngitis Vocal Cord Polyps, Nodules, ...

  2. [Prostatic abscesses. A review]. (United States)

    Rabii, R; Rais, H; Joual, A; el Mrini, M; Benjelloun, S


    We review the literature to the diagnosis and therapeutic aspect of prostatic abscess. The prostatic abscess having become an uncommon disease. The diagnosis of prostatic abscess has been nearly made by transrectal ultrasound and computed tomography scan. The best diagnostic method is considered to be the transrectal ultrasound. The choice therapy was intravenous antibiotic, and drainage by ultrasound guided transperineal percutaneous puncture.

  3. Bilateral otogenic cerebellar abscesses.

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    Nadkarni T


    Full Text Available An unusual presentation of bilateral otogenic cerebellar abscesses observed in two of our patients is reported. Both gave a history of otorrhoea, fever, headache, vomiting and had bilateral cerebellar signs and conductive hearing loss. The abscesses were detected on computerised tomography. X-rays revealed bilateral mastoiditis. The therapy followed was excision of abscesses, mastoidectomy and antibiotic therapy.

  4. Symmetrical Brodie's abscess. (United States)

    Chambler, A F; Chapman-Sheath, P J; Pearse, M F; Hollingdale, J


    Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis is often confused with symmetrical Brodie's abscess as it has a similar pathogenesis. We report an otherwise healthy 17-year-old boy presenting with a true symmetrical Brodie's abscess. We conclude that a symmetrical Brodie's abscess presenting in an otherwise healthy patient is a separate clinical condition with a different management protocol.

  5. Multiple pyogenic liver abscess

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    Mabrouk Bahloul; Anis Chaari; Nadia Bouaziz-Khlaf; Hatem Kallel; Leila Herguefi; Hedi Chelly; Chokri Ben Hamida; Mounir Bouaziz


    Multiple pyogenic liver abscesses have been rarely described. We report a fatal case of multiple pyogenic liver abscesses affecting a 38-year-old woman requiring surgical drainage. Evolution was marked by occurrence of a septic shock with multi-organ system failure. The patient died 48 h after surgery. Causes, therapeutics and outcome of the disease are discussed.

  6. Anal abscess and fistula. (United States)

    Sneider, Erica B; Maykel, Justin A


    Benign anorectal diseases, such as anal abscesses and fistula, are commonly seen by primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, emergency physicians, general surgeons, and colorectal surgeons. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the complexity of these 2 disease processes so as to provide appropriate and timely treatment. We review the pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment options for both anal abscesses and fistulas.

  7. Brodie's abscess revisited. (United States)

    Kornaat, P R; Camerlinck, M; Vanhoenacker, F M; De Praeter, G; Kroon, H M


    Radiology plays an important role in the diagnosis of a Brodie's abscess, as can be difficult for a clinician to identify the disease using clinical information alone. A Brodie's abscess is clinically difficult to diagnose because patients typically have mild local symptoms, few or no constitutional symptoms, and near normal laboratory values. Furthermore, a Brodie's abscess may mimic various benign and malignant conditions, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. The most frequently made incorrect diagnosis is that of a primary bone tumor. The present pictorial review summarizes imaging clues to the diagnosis of a Brodie's abscess, such as the serpentine sign on conventional radiographs and the penumbra sign seen on Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. A Brodie's abscess is difficult to diagnose, however, once diagnosed, it is a curable disease with a 100% cure rate.

  8. Amebic liver abscesses masquerading as pyemic abscesses. (United States)

    Nattakom, S; Serrato, P; Bright, T; Anaya, A; Stubbers, S; Verghese, A


    We describe a 50-year-old man who presented with multiple liver abscesses that suggested biliary sepsis or portal pyemia. A wet preparation of a sample of aspirate showed the presence of amebic trophozoites, and subsequent serological testing for amebae was strongly reactive.

  9. Equine corneal stromal abscesses

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    Henriksen, M. D. L.; Andersen, P. H.; Plummer, C. E.


    The last 30 years have seen many changes in the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of equine corneal stromal abscesses (SAs). Stromal abscesses were previously considered an eye problem related to corneal bacterial infection, equine recurrent uveitis, corneal microtrauma and corneal....... Medical and surgical treatments are now directed towards elimination of fungal and bacterial infections, reduction and replacement of diseased corneal stroma, and suppression of iridocyclitis. If the abscess and anterior uveitis do not respond satisfactorily to medical therapy, full thickness or split...

  10. Air cisternography of the cerebellopontine angle using high-resolution computed tomography

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    Johnson, D.W.


    While high-resolution CT/air cisternography is considered the preferred method of investigating non-enhancing or small acoustic neuromas, it is not without pitfalls. Eight such studies were reviewed, emphasizing procedural problems and sources of interpretive error. Two patients presented difficulty in transporting the air bolus due to a spinal cord tumor coexisting with bilaterial acoustic neuromas; spinal cord decompression was required in one case. Three potential false positives were avoided by persistent efforts to fill the internal auditory canal. Of 4 patients thought to have a tiny acoustic neuroma, elective vestibular nerve section in 2 revealed no evidence of tumor.

  11. Trigeminal Neuralgia Caused by Cerebellopontine Angle Arteriovenous Malformation Treated With Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. (United States)

    Işik, Semra; Ekşi, Murat Şakir; Yilmaz, Baran; Toktaş, Zafer Orkun; Akakin, Akin; Kiliç, Türker


    Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain syndrome characterized as sudden onset and lightening-like sensation over somatosensorial branch(es) of fifth cranial nerve. Rarely, some underlying diseases or disorders could be diagnosed, such as multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and vascular malformations. The authors present a 47-year-old man with trigeminal neuralgia over left V2 and V3 dermatomes. He had a previous transarterial embolization and long use of carbamazepine with partial response to treatment. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKR) was planned. A marginal dose of 15 Gy was given to 50% isodose line. His pain was relieved by GKR in 1.5 years. Treatment of posterior fossa arteriovenous malformations causing trigeminal neuralgia, with GKR has a very limited use in the literature. It, however, is obvious that success rate as pain relief, in a very challenging field of functional neurosurgery, is satisfactory. Large series, however, are in need to make a more comprehensive statement about efficacy and safety of the procedure in these pathologies.

  12. Anorectal abscess during pregnancy. (United States)

    Koyama, Shinsuke; Hirota, Masaki; Kobayashi, Masaki; Tanaka, Yusuke; Kubota, Satoshi; Nakamura, Ryo; Isobe, Masanori; Shiki, Yasuhiko


    Anorectal symptoms and complaints caused by hemorrhoids or anal fissures are common during pregnancy. It is known that one-third of pregnant women complain of anal pain in the third trimester. Anal pain may be caused by a wide spectrum of conditions, but if it begins gradually and becomes excruciating within a few days it may indicate anorectal abscess. We experienced a case of anorectal abscess during pregnancy which was diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging and treated by incision and seton drainage at 36 weeks of gestation, followed by a normal spontaneous delivery at 38 weeks of gestation. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of anorectal abscess during pregnancy in the English-language published work. The clinical course of our case and clinical considerations of anorectal abscesses are discussed.

  13. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess.

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    Ellanti, P


    Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon entity, the frequency of which is increasing. They occur spontaneously or as a complication of intervention. The classical triad of fever, back pain and neurological symptoms are not always present. High index of suspicion is key to diagnosis. Any delay in diagnosis and treatment can have significant neurological consequences. We present the case of a previously well man with a one month history of back pain resulting from an epidural abscess.

  14. Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess

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    Byrd, B.F. III (Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine, Nashville, TN); Weiner, M.H.; McGee, Z.A.


    A spinal epidural abscess developed in a renal transplant recipient; results of a serum radioimmunoassay for Aspergillus antigen were positive. Laminectomy disclosed an abscess of the L4-5 interspace and L-5 vertebral body that contained hyphal forms and from which Aspergillus species was cultured. Serum Aspergillus antigen radioimmunoassay may be a valuable, specific early diagnostic test when systemic aspergillosis is a consideration in an immunosuppressed host.

  15. Central corneal abscess. (United States)

    van Bijsterveld, O P


    Central corneal abscess developed in the experimental animal after inoculation of biologically active staphylococcal strains in a paracentral epithelial lesion of the cornea. These abscesses did not ulcerate, developed only with high inocula, occurred more frequently in immunized rabbits. A serpiginous type of ulceration did not develop at the site of the initial epithelial lesion nor at any other place in the cornea. Histologically, the lesions consisted of densely packed polymorphonuclear leukocytes between the corneal lamellae.

  16. [Acute periproctal abscesses]. (United States)

    Slauf, P; Antoš, F; Marx, J


    Periproctal inflammations related to the anus are characterized by the rapid spread of the infection to the surrounding tissue, which is determined by the anatomical characteristics and infectious agents. Inflammation, which starts as a phlegmon, quickly forms boundaries and an abscess develops in most cases. Up to 80-90% of anorectal abscesses develop according to the crypto-glandular theory on the basis of infection of the anal glands, spilling into the Morgagni crypts in the anal canal. Up to two-thirds of such abscesses are associated with the emergence of anorectal fistulas. Anorectal abscesses can be divided into marginal and subcutaneous perianal abscesses, submucosal, intersphincteric, ischiorectal and supralevator abscesses. Their diagnosis is based on thorough physical examination, sometimes also with the help of imaging methods such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and endoanal ultrasound. What is decisive for the successful treatment of anorectal abscessess is their early and adequate surgical drainage. Adjuvant antibiotic therapy is necessary only when the overall signs of sepsis are present and for patients with a comorbidity such as diabetes, valvular heart disease, or immunodeficiency.

  17. Spinal and Intracranial Epidural Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap


    Full Text Available Presentation, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural abscess (SEA and intracranial epidural abscess (ICEA are reviewed by researchers at The John's Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and Universidad de Santander, Columbia.

  18. Brain abscess: Current management

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    Hernando Alvis-Miranda


    Full Text Available Brain abscess (BA is defined as a focal infection within the brain parenchyma, which starts as a localized area of cerebritis, which is subsequently converted into a collection of pus within a well-vascularized capsule. BA must be differentiated from parameningeal infections, including epidural abscess and subdural empyema. The BA is a challenge for the neurosurgeon because it is needed good clinical, pharmacological, and surgical skills for providing good clinical outcomes and prognosis to BA patients. Considered an infrequent brain infection, BA could be a devastator entity that easily left the patient into dead. The aim of this work is to review the current concepts regarding epidemiology, pathophysiology, etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of BA.

  19. Brain abscess: Current management (United States)

    Alvis Miranda, Hernando; Castellar-Leones, Sandra Milena; Elzain, Mohammed Awad; Moscote-Salazar, Luis Rafael


    Brain abscess (BA) is defined as a focal infection within the brain parenchyma, which starts as a localized area of cerebritis, which is subsequently converted into a collection of pus within a well-vascularized capsule. BA must be differentiated from parameningeal infections, including epidural abscess and subdural empyema. The BA is a challenge for the neurosurgeon because it is needed good clinical, pharmacological, and surgical skills for providing good clinical outcomes and prognosis to BA patients. Considered an infrequent brain infection, BA could be a devastator entity that easily left the patient into dead. The aim of this work is to review the current concepts regarding epidemiology, pathophysiology, etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of BA. PMID:24174804

  20. Intracranial abscess in Ectopia Cordis. (United States)

    Merola, Joseph; Tipper, Geoffrey Adrian; Hussain, Zakier; Balakrishnan, Venkataraman; Gan, Peter


    We present a case of intracranial abscess in a young female with Ectopia Cordis, an exceptionally rare cardiac condition. The neurosurgical implication is the predisposition to intracranial abscess formation. A heightened awareness of this association will aid diagnosis in similar clinical scenarios.

  1. Iatrogenic psoas abscess. Case report

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    Bernstein, Inge Thomsen; Hansen, B J


    A case of iatrogenic pneumococcus psoas abscess is reported. The etiology was probably repeated local anaesthetic blockades in the lumbogluteal structures because of lumbago.......A case of iatrogenic pneumococcus psoas abscess is reported. The etiology was probably repeated local anaesthetic blockades in the lumbogluteal structures because of lumbago....

  2. Amebic abscess of urachal remnants. (United States)

    Catanzaro, D; Mirk, P; Carbone, A; Macis, G; Danza, F M


    We report a rare case of amebic abscess of the urachus, mimicking an urachal neoplasm: no previous reports of amebic infection of the urachus were found in the literature. The challenges of the differential diagnosis between urachal abscess and carcinomas based both on clinical and radiological data are discussed.

  3. Amebic abscess of urachal remnants

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    Catanzaro, Daniela; Mirk, Paoletta; Carbone, Arnaldo; Macis, Giuseppe; Danza, Francesco Maria


    We report a rare case of amebic abscess of the urachus, mimicking an urachal neoplasm: no previous reports of amebic infection of the urachus were found in the literature. The challenges of the differential diagnosis between urachal abscess and carcinomas based both on clinical and radiological data are discussed.

  4. Operative treatment of Brodie's abscess. (United States)

    Dunn, E C; Singer, L


    This manuscript deals with a unique operative management of unilateral Brodie's abscess in a 16-year-old male. Brodie's abscess is a common finding in childhood osteomyelitis. A review of the radiographic appearance, clinical presentation, and surgical management is presented.

  5. Dental abscess: A microbiological review

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    Full Text Available Dental abscess is a frequently occurring infectious process known to the health practice. The fate of the infection depends on the virulence of the bacteria, host resistance factors, and regional anatomy. Serious consequences arising from the spread of a dental abscess lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Acute dental abscess is polymicrobial, comprising of strict anaerobes, such as anaerobic cocci, Prevotella, Fusobacterium species, and facultative anaerobes, such as viridans group streptococci and the Streptococcus anginosus group. Numerous novel, uncultivable and fastidious organisms have been identified as potential pathogens with the use of non-culture techniques. The majority of localized dental abscesses respond to surgical treatment while the use of antimicrobials is limited to severe spreading infections. There is a need for good-quality clinical trials of sufficient size to identify the ideal treatment. The microbiology of the acute dentoalveolar abscess and its treatment in the light of improved culture and diagnostic methods are reviewed.

  6. Renal abscess after the Fontan procedure: a case report

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    Kumar Suresh


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The Fontan procedure is an intervention that helps to correct single ventricle physiology. There are many known long-term complications of 'Fontan physiology'. However, the occurrence of renal abscess in such patients has not yet been reported in the literature. The first generation of adults has now undergone the procedure and it is necessary to be aware of the long-term outcomes and complications associated with it. Case presentation We report the case of a 22-year-old South Indian man who had developed a staphylococcal renal abscess against a background of xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis, nine years after Fontan surgery. He presented to our hospital with a high-grade fever of 25-days duration but with no other symptoms. Physical examination identified costovertebral angle tenderness and pedal edema. An ultrasound scan revealed a mass in his left kidney. The results of a computed tomography scan were consistent with a renal abscess. Despite treatment with the appropriate parenteral antibiotics, there was no change in the size of the abscess and a left nephrectomy was performed as a curative procedure. Conclusions The learning points here are manifold. It is important to be aware of the possibility of renal abscess in a post-procedural patient. The early diagnosis of a septic focus in the kidneymay help to prevent the rare outcome of nephrectomy.


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    Raja Sekhar Kennedy


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTI ON : Cerebellopontine angle tumors are a surgical challenge to many neurosurgeons who want to operate in this space. Although most of these tumors are benign, they are a challenge because of the complex anatomy and important neurovascular structures that traver se this space. Most common cerebellopontine angle tumor is vestibular schwannoma. The management of these cases is essentially surgical. There has been a change in the surgical strategy over the years from simple intratumoral decompression to complete micr osurgical excision, to facial nerve preservation and hearing preservation. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the clinical and radiological characteristics, know the pathological types and determine the surgical resectability and outcome of cerebellopontine ang le tumor. MATERIALS AND METHOD : It is a prospective study done in the department of Neurosurgery, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is a Tertiary Care Hospital. 50 patients diagnosed with cerebellopontine angle tumor were recruited in to the study and were managed. RESULTS : 50 cases of cerebellopontine angle tumors accounting for 11% of all intracranial space occupying lesions, of which vestibular schwannoma alone constituted 10%. Most of the tumors were large or giant tumors. Total resection was done in 74% of vestibular sch wannoma and 50% of meningiomas. Anatomical preservation of facial nerve was achieved in 67% of patients. CONCLUSION : C erebellopontine angle tumors show high incidence from 3 rd to 5 th decade with common symptoms being hearing loss and ataxia. Most of the pa tients presented at a delayed stage with large to giant tumors with no useful hearing. Complete excision of tumor preserving facial and lower cranial nerve function is the goal. Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak can be managed effectively with conserv ative therapy

  8. Orbital abscess: Management and outcome

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    N Suneetha


    Full Text Available Purpose: To discuss the diagnosis, management and outcome of various types of orbital abscess. Methods: The medical records of 13 patients diagnosed and treated for orbital abscess were reviewed. The sources of infection included: paranasal sinusitis (n = 5, odontogenic origin of infection (n = 4, one each, temporal fossa abscess, palatal abscess, furuncle on the nose, and secondary to retrobulbar injection of steroid. Computed tomographic scans revealed the presence of an abscess in all 13 cases. Associated findings on CT scan included: sinus disease (n = 8, cavernous sinus thrombosis (n = 2 and subdural empyema (n = 2. All patients were treated with intensive, multiple, intravenous antibiotics and early surgical drainage. Results: Purulent material collected surgically from the orbit cultured Staphylococcus aureus (n = 3, two each Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Acinetobacter species and one each β-haemolytic Streptococci, Citrobacter frundi and Enterobacter. Final visual acuity was good in 6 patients (6/12 - 6/6 and no light perception in 6 others. Visual acuity could not be recorded in the infant. The other complications were intracranial abscess (n = 4, cavernous sinus thrombosis (n = 2 and restricted ocular motility (n = 1. Conclusions: A high index of suspicion is necessary, along with early institution of appropriate diagnostic imaging, and aggressive medical and surgical treatment for a favourable outcome in cases of orbital abscess.

  9. Novel Peritonsillar Abscess Task Simulator. (United States)

    Taylor, Steven R; Chang, C W David


    The management of peritonsillar abscesses is a skill developed early in residency training. Although drainage is not technically complicated, the procedure is intimidating to the neophyte. Task simulators have become increasingly common to provide training opportunities in a controlled environment. The authors designed a peritonsillar abscess simulator using a latex moulage of the oral cavity and other common materials. Twelve medical professionals of various levels of experience were instructed to expose, anesthetize, aspirate, and drain the simulated abscess. After completion, a questionnaire was completed by each volunteer. Initial impressions were positive that the model adequately replicated the tasks requisite for abscess drainage and was suitable as an instructional device. The initial construct cost was approximately 10 dollars, with disposables costing roughly 25 cents. Further research is under way to formally assess the simulator for face, content, and construct validity.

  10. Splenic abscess: a rare presentation

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    Mohit Bhatia


    Full Text Available Splenic abscess is a rare clinical entity with an incidence of 0.2-0.7% in autopsy-based studies. When untreated, splenic abscess is associated with nearly 100% mortality; in treated patients, the mortality rate is 16.6% during the first 90 days. It mostly occurs in patients with neoplasia, immunodeficiency, trauma, diabetes or splenic infarct. The incidence of splenic abscess is thought to be growing because of the increase in the number of immunocompromised patients who are particularly at risk for this disease and also because of the widespread use of diagnostic modalities. However, the optimal treatment for this remains unclear. We present a case of a 42-year-old man diagnosed with multiloculated splenic abscess and was subjected to splenectomy.

  11. Endoscopic management of brain abscesses

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    Yadav Yad


    Full Text Available Background: Treatment of brain abscess is still a subject of controversy. Simple therapeutic approaches like twist drill/burr hole aspiration with or without insertion of a drain are also quite effective. There are reports of encouraging results following endoscopic treatment. We are reporting our results of endoscopic approach on 24 patients. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study on 24 patients of brain abscesses treated between January 2004 and January 2007. All the cases except those with small abscesses (less than 1.0 cm in diameter and multiloculated abscesses were included. Gabb 6-degree rigid endoscope was used. Repeat CT scan was done in all cases within 7 and 30 days after surgery. Ten patients (42% had small residual abscess on 7 th post-operative day′s CT scan, while 30 th post-operative day′s CT scan did not show any significant lesion in all the cases. Results: There were 23 patients of chronic otitis media and one of congenital cyanotic heart disease. Glasgow coma score (GCS was 3 in one patient, 13 in two cases, 14-15 in 21 cases. There were 14 cerebellar, 8 temporal and 1 frontal and thalamic abscess each. All the patients recovered completely except one who died (GCS 3. There was no procedure-related complication. Hospital stay ranged from 7 to 12 days with an average of 8.2 days. Follow-up ranged between 6 and 42 months. Conclusion: Endoscopic aspiration of brain abscess appears to be a safe and effective alternative method of treatment. There is direct visualization of abscess cavity, completeness of aspiration can be assessed, and perioperative bleeding can be controlled.

  12. Brodie's abscess: a case report. (United States)

    Alter, S A; Sprinkle, R W


    The authors present a case report with a 1-year follow-up period, demonstrating the successful diagnosis and surgical treatment of a focal lesion of the distal metaphysis of the right tibia in an 11-year-old female. The author discusses the pathology of hematologic osteomyelitis and its role in the development of a subacute abscess. A review of the literature and a detailed description of the pathogenesis of Brodie's abscess is submitted as well.

  13. Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus abscesses. (United States)

    Kobayashi, Scott D; Malachowa, Natalia; DeLeo, Frank R


    Staphylococcus aureus causes many types of human infections and syndromes-most notably skin and soft tissue infections. Abscesses are a frequent manifestation of S. aureus skin and soft tissue infections and are formed, in part, to contain the nidus of infection. Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (neutrophils) are the primary cellular host defense against S. aureus infections and a major component of S. aureus abscesses. These host cells contain and produce many antimicrobial agents that are effective at killing bacteria, but can also cause non-specific damage to host tissues and contribute to the formation of abscesses. By comparison, S. aureus produces several molecules that also contribute to the formation of abscesses. Such molecules include those that recruit neutrophils, cause host cell lysis, and are involved in the formation of the fibrin capsule surrounding the abscess. Herein, we review our current knowledge of the mechanisms and processes underlying the formation of S. aureus abscesses, including the involvement of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, and provide a brief overview of therapeutic approaches.

  14. A connection between neurovascular conflicts within the cerebellopontine angle and vestibular neuritis, a case controlled cohort study


    Loader, B.; Linauer, I.; Korkesch, S.; Krammer-Effenberger, I.; Zielinski, V.; Schibany, N.; Kaider, A.; Vyskocil, E.; Tscholakoff, D.; Franz, P.


    SUMMARY This retrospective, observer blinded case-control study aims to compare the prevalence of neurovascular conflicts (NVCs) of the vestibulocochlear nerve and the anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) in patients presenting with clinical signs of acute vestibular neuritis with and without subsequent objective vestibular function loss (VFL). 58 acute cases of clinically suspected acute vestibular neuritis were investigated with same day cranial MRI at a tertiary referral centre and c...

  15. Massive primary cerebellopontine angle melanocytoma in an 11 year old child: A case report and review of literature

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    Amresh Bhaganagare


    Full Text Available A rare case of meningeal melanocytoma in an 11 year-old girl is reported. The tumor was sub-totally resected. She received no adjuvant treatment and is symptom-free at the follow-up of 8 months.

  16. Vesicoovarian Fistula on an Endometriosis Abscessed Cyst



    We report the case of a patient who developed a vesicoovarian fistula on an endometriosis abscessed cyst. The patient presented with an advanced endometriosis stage IV complicated with a right ovarian abscessed cyst of 10 cm. A first coelioscopy with cystectomy was realized. After surgery, a voiding cystography highlighted a fistula between the ovarian abscess and the bladder. A second surgery by median laparotomy was realized with the resection of the right ovarian abscess and the resection ...

  17. Primary psoas muscle abscess in pregnancy. (United States)

    Swanson, Amy; Lau, Kenneth K; Korman, Tony M; Kornman, Tony; Wallace, Euan M; Polyakov, Alex


    Primary iliacus-psoas muscle abscess formation is very uncommon during pregnancy. We present a case of a primary iliacus-psoas muscle abscess in pregnancy causing back pain with delayed diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the clinical presentation of iliacus-psoas muscle abscess helps with considering it in the differential diagnosis of back pain during pregnancy.

  18. Spinal epidural abscess in brucellosis. (United States)

    Boyaci, Ahmet; Boyaci, Nurefsan; Tutoglu, Ahmet; Dokumaci, Dilek Sen


    Involvement of the skeletal system is a common complication of brucellosis. However, muscle involvement or paraspinal abscess formation are rare complications. Paraspinal abscess usually develops secondary to spondylitis. A case is reported here of a 33-year-old woman with symptoms of night sweats, fever and low back pain. Rose-Bengal test for brucellosis was positive and Brucella standard tube agglutination test was positive at a titre of 1/160. The diagnosis was made on MRI. The patient was treated with doxycycline and rifampin daily for 16 weeks. On day 14 of treatment, decline was observed in the patient's symptoms. In the presence of inflammatory lower back pain and fever, brucellosis should be considered particularly in the endemic areas. Furthermore, tuberculosis should be remembered in the differential diagnosis when a spinal epidural abscess is determined.

  19. Successful Management of a Recurrent Supralevator Abscess: A Case Report

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    S. Sanyal


    Full Text Available Anorectal abscesses are commonly encountered in clinical surgical practice. These abscesses require surgical management. Supralevator abscesses are thought to originate either from an ischiorectal or intersphincteric abscess extension or from an intraperitoneal source. These abscesses are quite uncommon and present a difficult surgical problem. We present a case here of a 42-year-old female with a recurrent supralevator abscess requiring multiple surgical procedures for adequate drainage and care of her abscess.

  20. Good penetration of moxifloxacin into human abscesses. (United States)

    Sauermann, Robert; Karch, Rudolf; Kjellsson, Maria C; Feurstein, Thomas; Püspök, Andreas; Langenberger, Herbert; Böhmdorfer, Michaela; Jäger, Walter; Zeitlinger, Markus


    Abscesses are often treated with antibiotics in addition to incision or when incision is unfeasible, but accurate information about antibiotic abscess penetration in humans is missing. This study aimed at evaluating the penetration of moxifloxacin into human abscesses. After administration of a single dose of 400 mg moxifloxacin, drug concentrations were measured in 10 differently located abscesses at incision, and in plasma over 8 h. At incision performed 0.9-4.8 h after administration, moxifloxacin concentrations in abscesses ranged from ≤0.01 to 9.2 mg/l (1.9 ± 3.4 mg/l), indicating pronounced drug accumulation in some abscesses. The degree of abscess penetration could not be explained by covariates like the ratio of surface area to volume or pH of abscesses, or by moxifloxacin plasma concentrations. Concluding, moxifloxacin was detectable in most abscesses and may be a useful antibiotic for this indication. However, antibiotic abscess penetration was highly variable and unpredictable, suggesting surgical abscess incision whenever possible.

  1. Dynamic CT features of hepatic abscesses

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    ZOU Li-guang; CHEN Ken; LI Yan-yu; YI Xi-zhi


    Objective: To investigate the features of hepatic abscess by dynamic contrast-enhanced CT. Methods: CT films of 62 cases of hepatic abscesses were reviewed retrospectively. All the patients underwent both plain and enhanced CT scanning, and 23 of them received dynamic CT examination. Results: The dynamic phase (60~90 s), the enhancement patterns of the abscesses varied from the ring enhancement of the abscess diminished in which the hypodense ring enhanced and became isodense, or the abscess enhanced diffusely and became smaller, the colliquative necrosis area more obvious. Conclusion: Contrast enhanced CT should be used routinely in the evaluation of hepatic abscesses. The dynamic and delayed scan is necessary to diagnose atypical hepatic abscesses.

  2. Brain Abscess after Esophageal Dilatation

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    Gaïni, S; Grand, M; Michelsen, J


    with malaise, progressive lethargy, fever, aphasia and hemiparesis. Six days before she had been treated with esophageal dilatation for a stricture caused by accidental ingestion of caustic soda. The brain abscess was treated with surgery and antibiotics. She recovered completely. This clinical case...

  3. Computed tomography in pituitary abscess

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    Appel, W.; Scharphuis, T.; Distelmaier, P.


    This is a report on a rare case of a recurring abscess in the pituitary gland. Diagnosis was extremely difficult to establish preoperatively. This is demonstrated via various radiological methods. Anamnesis and clinical disease pattern are important assisting factors in diagnosis.

  4. Multicystic Hepatocarcinoma Mimicking Liver Abscess

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    Evangelos Falidas


    Full Text Available The diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC became easier in relation to the improved radiological examinations; however, the neoplasm may occur under atypical presentations mimicking other benign or malignant processes. Multicystic HCC mimicking a liver abscess associated with septic-type fever and leukocytosis is rare, has a poor prognosis, and poses diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas. We present the case of an 80-year-old patient, who presented with fever, leukocytosis, and large cystic masses involving right and left lobes of the liver initially considered abscesses and finally diagnosed as HCC after open drainage and liver biopsy. Although the patient died on the tenth postoperative day due to pulmonary oedema, the authors emphasize the high index of suspicion needed in the diagnosis of this unusual presentation of HCC.

  5. Abdominal wall abscess secondary to spontaneous rupture of pyogenic liver abscess

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    Maurizio Zizzo


    Conclusion: Pyogenic liver abscess is a serious and life-threatening illness. Abscess rupture might occur. Many authors consider this complication a surgical emergency, but the site of abscess rupture changes the clinical history of the disease: in case of free rupture into the peritoneum, emergency surgery is mandatory, while a rupture localized in neighboring tissues or organs can be successfully treated by a combination of systemic antibiotics and fine needle aspiration and/or percutaneous drainage of the abscess.

  6. Klebsiella Pneumoniae Multi-organ Abscesses not Accompanied by Liver Abscesses: A Case Report

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    Kim, Sung Taek; Park, Chul Hi; Hwang, Ho Kyung; Lee, Mi Ran; Lee, Dong Hoon; Kim, Min Ji [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A Klebsiella pneumoniae infection has a tendency to spread to multiple organs. It is most commonly seen in patients with liver abscesses, but infection in more than three organs without liver abscesses is unusual. We report one case of a K. pneumoniae infection that presented acute pyelonephritis with left perirenal, anterior pararenal, left psoas, and prostate abscesses without liver abscesses in a diabetic patient. With effective antibiotics and ultrasound-guided percutaneous drainage, the patient recovered without significant sequelae.

  7. Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess without cervical spine TB

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    ChandrakantPatil; RashmiKharatPatil; PrasadDeshmukh; SameerSinghal; BlendaDSouza


    Tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess is a rare presentation. It is present in adults usually due to involvement of cervical spine by tuberculosis. Retropharyngeal space usually gets involved in children due to pyogenic organisms or secondary to trauma. Here is a case of tuberculous retropharyngeal abscess in an adult female, with pulmonary tuberculosis. The patient was not having tuberculous involvement of cervical spine and was managed surgically by aspirating the retropharyngeal abscess transorally and AKT Category I.

  8. Vesicoovarian Fistula on an Endometriosis Abscessed Cyst

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    C. Tran


    Full Text Available We report the case of a patient who developed a vesicoovarian fistula on an endometriosis abscessed cyst. The patient presented with an advanced endometriosis stage IV complicated with a right ovarian abscessed cyst of 10 cm. A first coelioscopy with cystectomy was realized. After surgery, a voiding cystography highlighted a fistula between the ovarian abscess and the bladder. A second surgery by median laparotomy was realized with the resection of the right ovarian abscess and the resection of vesical fistula.

  9. Non-interventional management of splenic abscess

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    Saket Kumar


    Full Text Available Splenic abscess is not an uncommon entity in tropics. In Indian subcontinent, where the incidence of enteric fever is high, abscess formation in spleen is frequently seen in clinical practice. In view of immunological functions, splenic preservation is preferred over splenectomy, especially in children and young adults. Medical management with antibiotics alone is considered inadequate for management of splenic abscess. Hereby, we report an unusual case of complete resolution of a florid splenic abscess with antibiotics alone without the need for any invasive intervention.

  10. Perianal abscesses due to ingested foreign bodies

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    Doublali Mbarek


    Full Text Available The clinical presentation of perianal abscesses due to foreign bodies (FBs impacted in the anal canal mimics common causes of acute anal pain. The diagnosis can be established by digital rectal examination and/or proctoscopy, but may miss the presence of an FB. Incision and drainage of the abscess, along with removal of the FB, results in immediate pain relief and cure. Impacted FB must not be overlooked as an unusual cause of perianal abscess. One case of perianal abscesses due to FB impacted in the anal canal is reported.

  11. Cerebral Abscess Potentially of Odontogenic Origin

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    Marouene Ben Hadj Hassine


    Full Text Available Odontogenic origins are rarely implicated in the formation of brain abscesses. The relative paucity of this kind of infection and the difficulty in matching the causative microorganisms of a brain abscess to an odontogenic source can explain the late management of patients. We herein describe a case of a 46-year-old man with a cerebellar abscess that was probably due to an odontogenic infection. The diagnosis supported by imaging and microscopic identification, mini craniectomy for abscess drainage followed by eradication of all potential dental infectious foci, and an antibiotic regimen based on cephalosporins, metronidazole, and vancomycine contributed to a successful outcome.

  12. Basidiobolus: An unusual cause of lung abscess

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    Chetambath Ravindran


    Full Text Available Non-resolving pneumonia leading to lung abscess is always a challenge to the treating physician especially in a diabetic patient. Atypical radiological features of lung abscess should raise the suspicion of unusual organisms. This is a case report of a 42 year old diabetic male presented with features suggestive of lung abscess and multiple target organ damage. Subsequent work up revealed that the etiological agent is a rare fungus - Basidiobolus. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case of Basidiobolus lung abscess reported from India.

  13. Otogenic brain abscess: A rising trend of cerebellar abscess an institutional study

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    Rupam Borgohain


    Full Text Available Chronic inflammation of the middle ear is the most frequent cause of otogenic complications. Meningitis is the most frequent intracranial complications, followed by otogenic brain abscess in neglected otitis media. Although temporal lobe abscesses are more common than cerebellar abscesses, the converse was found to be true in our series of 17 cases. 16 cases of cerebellar abscess and 1 case of temporal lobe abscess were reported as a complication of chronic otitis media (COM. In our group of patients, otogenic brain abscesses were more frequent in male patients of age group 5–20 years with mean age of 14 years. Diagnostic procedure included history, clinical, otorhinolaryngological examination, audiological, microbiological, neurological, ophthalmological, and radiological examinations. The treatment included primary neurosurgical approach (abscess drainage followed by radical otosurgical treatment.

  14. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report

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    Chaitali Biswas


    Full Text Available Epidural abscess is a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to medical-surgical emergency. Idiopathic spinal epidural abscess (SEA with atypical manifestations is extremely rare. We describe such a case which led to severe neurological compromise and was not associated with any known risk factors.

  15. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report


    Chaitali Biswas; Anirban Pal; Saswata Bharati; Nitesh Sinha


    Epidural abscess is a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to medical-surgical emergency. Idiopathic spinal epidural abscess (SEA) with atypical manifestations is extremely rare. We describe such a case which led to severe neurological compromise and was not associated with any known risk factors.

  16. Liver Abscess: Increasing Occurrence in Premature Newborns

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    Full Text Available Neonatal liver abscess is a very rare condition associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. There seems to be an increasing trend of this rare condition amongst the newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units. We report a case of liver abscess in a premature newborn and briefly review the literature and discuss its management.

  17. Liver Abscess: Increasing Occurrence in Premature Newborns (United States)

    Bosnalı, Oktav; Moralıoğlu, Serdar; Pektaş, Osman


    Neonatal liver abscess is a very rare condition associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. There seems to be an increasing trend of this rare condition amongst the newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units. We report a case of liver abscess in a premature newborn and briefly review the literature and discuss its management. PMID:26023443

  18. Liver Abscess: Increasing Occurrence in Premature Newborns

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    Oktav Bosnalı


    Full Text Available Neonatal liver abscess is a very rare condition associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. There seems to be an increasing trend of this rare condition amongst the newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units. We report a case of liver abscess in a premature newborn and briefly review the literature and discuss its management.

  19. Collar stud abscess an interesting case report


    Balasubramanian Thiagarajan; Kameshwaran Punniyakodi


    Cervical Lymphadenopathy with collar stud abscess of tuberculous etiology is uncommon nowadays. This case is being reported for clinical interest and for the purpose of documentation.Introduction Tubercular Lymphadenopathy is a common extra pulmonary manifestation of tuberculosis.Collar stud abscess are rarely seen in OPD nowadays. Tuberculosis remains a problem throughout the world and is still a common cause of cervical lymphadenopathy.

  20. Ruptured liver abscess in a neonate

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    Prashant Jain


    Full Text Available We report a rare case of 17-day-old neonate, diagnosed to have ruptured liver abscess secondary to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal aureus infection. The child presented with septicemia and abdominal distension. On exploration, there was pyoperitoneum with ruptured liver abscess.

  1. Splenic abscess due to Salmonella enteritidis

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    Hatice Çabadak


    Full Text Available Splenic abscess is a very rare complication of non-typhoidal Salmonella infections. We report a case of splenic abscess caused by Salmonella enteritidis. The patient is a 63-year-old woman with diabetes mellitus and underwent splenectomy. This case suggests that the patients with comorbities are at increased risk for invasive infections in non-typhoidal Salmonella infections.

  2. Prostatic Abscess Caused by Streptococcus mutans

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    Chau Nguyen


    Full Text Available The first reported case of prostatic abscess caused by Streptococcus mutans isolated in pure culture is described. Urethral dilation for obstruction was unsuccessful, so suprapubic cystostomy was performed. Perineal aspiration under ultrasonic guidance resulted in 10 mL of pus containing pure Strep mutans. Diagnosis of prostatic abscess is difficult since the clinical manifestations are nonspecific.

  3. Radiological diagnosis of Brodie's abscess. (United States)

    Kowalewski, Michał; Swiatkowski, Jan; Michałowska, Ilona; Swiecicka, Dorota


    Background. Brodie's abscess is a kind of rare subacute or chronic osteitis. It is probably caused by mistreated or non-treated osteitis, or by bacteria of low virulence. Material and methods. In the Orthopedic and Traumatology Clinic of our medical school 5 patients were diagnosed with Brodie's obsecess between 1999 and 2002. all the patients had conventional x-rays, while one also had CT and MRI. Results and conclusions. The typical x-ray image shows an osteolytic lesion with sclerotic margin in the diametophysis. Each of the 5 patients had surgery. In 4 cases the histopatological results confirmed the radiological diagnosis. In one case fibrous dysplasia was found.

  4. Nerve abscess in primary neuritic leprosy. (United States)

    Rai, Dheeraj; Malhotra, Hardeep Singh; Garg, Ravindra Kumar; Goel, Madhu Mati; Malhotra, Kiran Preet; Kumar, Vijay; Singh, Arun Kumar; Jain, Amita; Kohli, Neera; Singh, Shailesh Kumar


    Nerve abscess is an infrequently reported complication of leprosy. We describe a patient with a pure neuritic type of leprosy with multiple nerve abscesses, who presented with tingling and numbness in the medial aspect of his right forearm and hand. Subsequently he developed pain, redness and swelling over the medial side of his right elbow and the flexor aspect of his right wrist. High-resolution ultrasound showed diffuse thickening of the right ulnar nerve with hypoechoic texture housing a cystic lesion with internal debris suggesting an abscess, at the cubital tunnel. Histopathological examination of the pus and tissue obtained from the abscess revealed presence of granulomas with lepra bacilli. The patient responded to surgery and multidrug therapy. In conclusion, the nerve abscess as the first manifestation of leprosy is uncommon and a high index of suspicion is required to make a correct diagnosis.

  5. An emboligenic pulmonary abscess leading to ischemic stroke and secondary brain abscess

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    Albrecht Philipp


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ischemic stroke by septic embolism occurs primarily in the context of infective endocarditis or in patients with a right-to-left shunt and formation of a secondary cerebral abscess is a rare event. Erosion of pulmonary veins by a pulmonary abscess can lead to transcardiac septic embolism but to our knowledge no case of septic embolic ischemic stroke from a pulmonary abscess with secondary transformation into a brain abscess has been reported to date. Case presentation We report the case of a patient with a pulmonary abscess causing a septic embolic cerebral infarction which then transformed into a cerebral abscess. After antibiotic therapy and drainage of the abscess the patient could be rehabilitated and presented an impressive improvement of symptoms. Conclusion Septic embolism should be considered as cause of ischemic stroke in patients with pulmonary abscess and can be followed by formation of a secondary cerebral abscess. Early antibiotic treatment and repeated cranial CT-scans for detection of a secondary abscess should be performed.

  6. Bilateral Psoas Muscle Abscess Associated with Emphysematous Cystitis

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    Jae-Ki Choi


    Full Text Available Psoas muscle abscess associated with emphysematous urinary tract infection is very rare. There were very few reports about urinary tract infections such as renal abscess, perinephric abscess, and emphysematous pyelonephritis complicated with psoas muscle abscess; however, psoas muscle abscess associated with emphysematous cystitis has not yet been reported. Here, we report a case of bilateral posas muscle abscess following emphysematous cystitis in an 81-year-old nondiabetic man, who was treated successfully with prolonged antibiotic therapy and supportive care. Early recognition of psoas muscle abscess can prevent aggressive interventional procedure and warrant good prognosis.

  7. Splenic abscess in typhoid fever -Surgical management

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    Col Prasan Kumar Hota


    Splenic abscess is an uncommon clinical presentation in surgical practice,associated with high morbidity and mortality.Mortality may be 100 % if left untreated.Splenic abscess is also rarely encountered as a complica-tion of typhoid fever.We present here a case of multiple splenic abscesses with neuropsychiatric complications due to typhoid fever,which was managed successfully with splenectomy and other supportive therapies.Anoth-er case of single splenic abscess due to enteric fever was treated successfully with CT-guided aspiration and ap-propriate antibiotics.Being a rare entity in clinical practice,splenic abscess has been poorly studied.Haemat-ogenous seeding of the spleen due to typhoid is a common cause of splenic abscess in the tropical countries.In multiple or multiloculated abscesses aspiration usually does not succeed,which happened in our case.Sple-nectomy remains the definitive choice of treatment.However,Ultra sonography (USG)or CT-guided aspira-tion may be tried in selective cases.

  8. Pyogenic brain abscess, a 15 year survey

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    Helweg-Larsen Jannik


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Brain abscess is a potentially fatal disease. This study assesses clinical aspects of brain abscess in a large hospital cohort. Methods Retrospective review of adult patients with pyogenic brain abscess at Rigshospitalet University Hospital, Denmark between 1994 and 2009. Prognostic factors associated with Glasgow Outcome Score (GOS (death, severe disability or vegetative state were assessed by logistic regression. Results 102 patients were included. On admission, only 20% of patients had a triad of fever, headache and nausea, 39% had no fever, 26% had normal CRP and 49% had no leucocytosis. Median delay from symptom onset to antibiotic treatment was 7 days (range 0–97 days. Source of infection was contiguous in 36%, haematogenous in 28%, surgical or traumatic in 9% and unknown in 27% of cases. Abscess location did not accurately predict the portal of entry. 67% were treated by burr hole aspiration, 20% by craniotomy and 13% by antibiotics alone. Median duration of antibiotic treatment was 62 days. No cases of recurrent abscess were observed. At discharge 23% had GOS ≤3. The 1-, 3- and 12-month mortality was 11%, 17% and 19%. Adverse outcome was associated with a low GCS at admission, presence of comorbidities and intraventricular rupture of abscess. Conclusions The clinical signs of brain abscess are unspecific, many patients presented without clear signs of infection and diagnosis and treatment were often delayed. Decreased GCS, presence of comorbidities and intraventricular rupture of brain abscess were associated with poor outcome. Brain abscess remains associated with considerable morbidity and mortality.

  9. Emphysematous prostatic abscess with rectoprostatic fistula

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    Po-Cheng Chen


    Full Text Available Emphysematous prostatic abscess is a rare but relatively serious infectious disease, and its association with rectoprostatic fistula is extremely unusual. The reported risk factors for this condition include diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, and prostate surgery. We report a rare case of emphysematous prostatic abscess successfully treated by transurethral drainage. Nonetheless, a rectoprostatic fistula was found postoperatively. The fistula healed spontaneously without fasting or fecal diversion after suprapubic cystostomy and placement of a urethral catheter. This case highlights the importance of surgical drainage for the treatment of an emphysematous prostatic abscess and that conservative treatment can be a safe and effective approach for an associated rectoprostatic fistula.

  10. Successful medical treatment of spinal epidural abscess. (United States)

    Xiao, Bo-Ren; Wang, Chih-Wei; Lin, Jung-Chung; Chang, Feng-Yee


    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but potentially fatal disease. A 67-year-old female suffered fever and painful swelling of the right knee and lower leg for one week. Both synovial fluid and blood cultures yielded methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Low back pain developed and fever was sustained despite the administration of intravenous oxacillin. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the thoracolumbar spine revealed spinal epidural abscess from T12 to S1. Because of severe hypoalbuminemia and general anasarca and followed by exploratory laparotomy for massive duodenal bleeding, she did not receive surgical intervention for the spinal epidural abscess. After intravenous administration of oxacillin 2 g 4-hourly for 12 weeks, she recovered and follow-up MRI confirmed the efficacy of the medical treatment. She remained well at 1-year follow-up. In a patient with minimal neurological deficit or surgical contraindication, spinal epidural abscess can be successfully treated with a medical regimen.

  11. Pyogenic Liver Abscess. A Case Report

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    Miguel Ángel Serra Valdés


    Full Text Available Liver abscesses account for 13% of all abdominal abscesses and 48% of those occurring in the viscera. The bacterial or pyogenic liver abscesses are the most frequent. A case of a 34-year-old woman of mixed race with history of gallstones (2011, extrahepatic obstructive jaundice caused by cholelithiasis (May 2012, cholangitis after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP and cholecystectomy (August 2012 due to gallstones is presented. In September 2012, she began suffering from high fever with chills every day, usually in the evenings. In addition, she presented night sweats, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea and pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen which was sharp, permanent and annoying sometimes. The signs and symptoms, history, ultrasound scan and multislice computed tomography confirmed the diagnosis of pyogenic liver abscess. The risk factors leading to the infection were well-identified. The patient progressed satisfactorily with the medical treatment provided.

  12. Intraventricular tuberculous abscess : a case report.

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    Vajramani G


    Full Text Available Ventricles can be involved in different ways in neurotuberculosis, however, the occurrence of intraventricular abscess has been rarely reported. We report a young woman who had intraventricular tubercular abscess. Cranial computed tomographic scan showed hypodense ring enhancing lesion in the right lateral ventricle with unilateral hydrocephalus. She underwent parasagittal craniotomy with total excision of the lesion. The pus obtained from the lesion was teeming with acid fast bacilli.


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    Balasubramanian Thiagarajan


    Full Text Available Cervical Lymphadenopathy with collar stud abscess of tuberculous etiology is uncommon nowadays. This case is being reported for clinical interest and for the purpose of documentation.Introduction Tubercular Lymphadenopathy is a common extra pulmonary manifestation of tuberculosis.Collar stud abscess are rarely seen in OPD nowadays. Tuberculosis remains a problem throughout the world and is still a common cause of cervical lymphadenopathy.

  14. Renal hemorrhagic actinomycotic abscess in pregnancy. (United States)

    Smid, Marcela C; Bhardwaj, Neha R; Di Giovanni, Laura M; Eggener, Scott; Torre, Micaela Della


    Actinomyces israelii is a gram-positive, filamentous anaerobic bacteria colonizing the oral and gastrointestinal tracts. Retroperitoneal actinomycotic abscess is uncommon and its rare presentation as a hemorrhagic mass may be confused with malignancy. We present a case of this unusual infection complicating pregnancy. Increased awareness of actinomycotic abscess in the differential diagnosis of renal mass concerning for malignancy is critical to early recognition and treatment of this rare infection and most importantly, avoidance of unnecessary surgical intervention.

  15. Renal hemorrhagic actinomycotic abscess in pregnancy

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    Marcela C. Smid


    Full Text Available Actinomyces israelii is a gram-positive, filamentous anaerobic bacteria colonizing the oral and gastrointestinal tracts. Retroperitoneal actinomycotic abscess is uncommon and its rare presentation as a hemorrhagic mass may be confused with malignancy. We present a case of this unusual infection complicating pregnancy. Increased awareness of actinomycotic abscess in the differential diagnosis of renal mass concerning for malignancy is critical to early recognition and treatment of this rare infection and most importantly, avoidance of unnecessary surgical intervention.

  16. Renal Hemorrhagic Actinomycotic Abscess in Pregnancy



    Actinomyces israelii is a gram-positive, filamentous anaerobic bacteria colonizing the oral and gastrointestinal tracts. Retroperitoneal actinomycotic abscess is uncommon and its rare presentation as a hemorrhagic mass may be confused with malignancy. We present a case of this unusual infection complicating pregnancy. Increased awareness of actinomycotic abscess in the differential diagnosis of renal mass concerning for malignancy is critical to early recognition and treatment of this rare in...

  17. Deep neck abscesses: the Singapore experience. (United States)

    Lee, Yan Qing; Kanagalingam, Jeevendra


    This study aims to review our experience with deep neck abscesses, identify key trends, and improve the management of this condition. This is a retrospective chart review of patients diagnosed with deep neck abscesses in the Department of ENT (Otorhinolaryngology) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore between 2004 and 2009. Patient demographics, etiology, bacteriology, systemic disease, radiology, treatment, complications, duration of hospitalization, and outcomes were reviewed. 131 patients were included (64.9% male, 35.1% female) with a median age of 51.0 years. 54 (41.2%) patients had diabetes mellitus. The parapharyngeal space (23.7%) was the most commonly involved space. Odontogenic and upper airway infections were the leading causes of deep neck abscesses (28.0% each). Klebsiella pneumoniae (27.1%) was the most commonly cultured organism in this study and among the diabetic patients (50.0%). 108 (82.4%) patients underwent surgical drainage. 42 patients suffered complications. All 19 patients, who had upper airway obstruction, had either a tracheostomy or intubation. Patients with multi-space abscesses, diabetes mellitus, and complications had prolonged hospitalizations. Old age and diabetes are risk factors for developing deep neck abscesses and their sequelae. The empiric choice of antibiotics should recognize that a dental source is likely, and that Klebsiella is most common in diabetics. Surgical drainage and adequate antibiotic coverage remains the cornerstone of treatment of deep neck abscesses. Therapeutic needle aspiration may successfully replace surgical drainage, if the abscesses are small and no complications are imminent. Airway obstruction should be anticipated in multi-space and floor of mouth abscesses.

  18. Scalp abscess--a cautionary tale.

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    Nugent, Nora F


    Transcranial extension of frontal sinus infection is a rare, but not eradicated entity. We present a 21-year-old male, in whom a persistent scalp abscess heralded the discovery of skull vault osteomyelitis and extradural abscesses secondary to frontal sinusitis. Patients with prolonged or unusual symptoms with a history of sinusitis or trauma warrant further investigation as they may have developed serious intracranial complications. Urgent management, both surgical and antimicrobial, is indicated in such scenarios.

  19. Bilateral Brodie's abscess at the proximal tibia. (United States)

    Buldu, Halil; Bilen, Fikri Erkal; Eralp, Levent; Kocaoglu, Mehmet


    Brodie's abscess is a form of subacute osteomyelitis, which typically involves the metaphyses of the long tubular bones, particularly in the tibia. The diagnosis is usually made incidentally, as there are no accompanying symptoms or laboratory studies. Bilateral involvement at the proximal tibia is unusual. However, orthopaedic surgeons should be aware of this entity, as it may present without symptoms. Checking the contralateral limb for concomitant Brodie's abscess is recommended.

  20. Endoscopic Drainage of an Odontogenic Pterygoid Muscle Abscess

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    Rickul Varshney


    Full Text Available The infratemporal fossa (ITF is a potential space bounded by bony structures that can be occupied by both benign and malignant tumors. It is also a potential area of abscess development, most commonly of dental origin. As with any abscess, the treatment of an ITF abscess is surgical drainage. We present a case of an ITF abscess involving the pterygoid muscles following dental extraction in a poorly controlled diabetic patient. The ITF was accessed with an endoscopic transseptal approach through the maxillary sinus to drain the abscess. This case of successful management supports the feasibility of the endoscopic approach in dealing with abscesses of the ITF.


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    Poorva Chandrashekhar


    Full Text Available In spite of a significant decrease in cases of chronic otitis media following the advent of antibiotics, complications of otitis media still represent a challenging situation owing to their high mortality rate. Factors that can cause complications include the level of virulence of the infectious organism, poor resistance of the patient, the presence of chronic systemic diseases and resistance of the infecting organism to antibiotics. The contemporary risk for developing extracranial complications of otitis media is approximately twice that of developing intracranial complications. Inflammation and infection may result in necrosis of the mastoid tip, allowing the pus to track from the medial side of the mastoid process through the incisura digastrica (digastric groove. The pus is prevented from reaching the body surface by the neck musculature, but can track along the fascial planes of the digastric muscle, sternomastoid or trapezius muscles. Pneumatisation of the mastoid process leads to thinning of the bone and is considered an important factor in the development of a trapezius or Bezold’s abscess.

  2. Spinal epidural abscess in a patient with piriformis pyomyositis

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    Gerald S Oh


    Conclusion: A 19-year-old male presented with a holospinal epidural abscess (C2 to sacrum originating from piriformis pyomyositis. The multilevel cord abscess was emergently decompressed, leading to a marked restoration of neurological function.

  3. Transvaginal Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration of Pelvic Abscesses

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    P. J. Corsi


    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the utility of a less invasive approach to the care of women with a pelvic abscess, we retrospectively reviewed the outcome of women with pelvic abscesses managed by transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration.

  4. A rare presentation of tuberculous prostatic abscess in young patient

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    Santosh Kumar


    Conclusion: Tuberculous prostatic abscess although very uncommon in immunocompetent patient, we should have high index of suspicion in patients of PUO. Once diagnosed it should be treated with complete drainage of abscess and ATT with close follow up.

  5. Predicting Neck Abscess with Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography



    Neck abscesses are difficult to diagnose and treat. Currently, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) is the imaging modality of choice. The study aims to determine the predictive value of CECT findings in diagnosing neck abscess, causes of neck abscess and the most common neck space involved in the local population. 84 consecutive patients clinically suspected to have neck abscess who underwent CECT and surgical confirmation of pus were included. Demographic and clinical data were reco...




    ABSTRACT: Various aerobic and anaerobic bacteria have been r eported as causative agents of brain abscess but only a few cases of enterococcal brain abscesses have been reported. We report a case of enterococcal brain abscess of otoge nic origin in a 35 year old male who was known case of chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) and cholesteotoma of the right ear. The abscess material culture yielded an isolate which w as identified as Enterococcus faecium ...

  7. Splenic abscess in a patient with fecal peritonitis

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    Spiros G Delis; Petros N Maniatis; Charikleia Triantopoulou; John Papailiou; Christos Dervenis


    Splenic abscess is a rare entity normally associated with underlying diseases. We report a case of splenic abscess with large gas formation in a non-diabetic and non-immunosuppressed patient after surgery for colon perforation. The most frequent cause of splenic abscess is septic embolism arising from bacterial endocarditis. Splenic abscess has a high rate of mortality when it is diagnosed late. Computed tomography resolved any diagnostic doubt, and subsequent surgery confirmed the diagnosis.


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    Full Text Available Complications of sinusitis are rare nowadays because of higher and broad spectrum antibiotics. Preseptal abscess may rarely present as a complication of sinusitis. Our patient presented with a preseptal abscess with underlying ethmoidal sinusitis. The patient was treated with antibiotics; Incision and drainage of the preseptal abscess were done and infection in the ethmoidal sinuses was eradicated by endoscopic sinus surgery

  9. A case of laparoscopic cystogastrostomy for pancreatic abscess

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    FAN Hua; ZHANG Dong; ZHAO Xin; PAN Fei; JIN Zhong-kui


    To the Editor:Open surgery is considered the gold standard for pancreatic abscess.1 With the development of laparoscopic ultrasound and laparoscopic skills,laparoscopic internal drainage for pancreatic abscess becomes feasible.We report a successful application of the laparoscopic cystogastrostomy for pancreatic abscess in a patient.

  10. 9 CFR 311.14 - Abrasions, bruises, abscesses, pus, etc. (United States)


    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Abrasions, bruises, abscesses, pus... PARTS § 311.14 Abrasions, bruises, abscesses, pus, etc. All slight, well-limited abrasions on the tongue... a carcass which is badly bruised or which is affected by an abscess, or a suppurating sore shall...

  11. Renal abscess caused by Salmonella Typhi

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    Amarjeet Kaur


    Full Text Available Salmonella typhi is a true pathogen, which is capable of causing both intestinal and extraintestinal infections. Unusual presentations of Salmonella should always be kept in mind as this organism can cause disease in almost any organ of the body. S. typhi has been reported to cause the life-threatening infections such as meningitis, endocarditis, myocarditis, empyema, and hepatic abscess. Renal involvement by S. typhi is a relatively rare presentation. We report a case of renal abscess caused by S. typhi in an afebrile, 10-year-old child who did not have any clinical history of enteric fever. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of isolation of S. typhi from the renal abscess, and interestingly this isolate was found to be resistant to quinolones.

  12. Pituitary abscess during pregnancy: Management dilemmas

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    Krishna Chaitanya Joshi


    Full Text Available Pituitary abscess is a rare disorder and only one case of pituitary abscess in pregnancy has been reported in the literature. Since, its presenting manifestations are non-specific; the diagnosis is usually made per-operatively. A 35-year-old pregnant lady, with a sellar mass was managed successfully with trans-sphenoidal drainage of the abscess and antibiotic therapy. We discuss the unique set of problems faced in diagnosis and management. Choice of antibiotics, management of intra-operative cerebrospinal fluid leak and absence of any growth on cultures made the overall management challenging. Although, it can present with a dramatic course suggestive of central nervous system infection or a pituitary mass, but more often it mimics an indolent lesion, which can pose as a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.

  13. Filarial abscess in the submandibular region

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    Rupinder Kaur


    Full Text Available Filariasis is a parasitic infectious disease caused by filarial nematode worms. These worms mainly dwell in subcutaneous tissues and lymphatics of the human host, with a predilection for lower limbs, retroperitoneal tissues, spermatic cord, and epididymis. Oral or perioral involvement of the filarial nematode is rare. This case report describes a filarial abscess in the right submandibular region. Fine needle aspiration cytology of the abscess revealed the presence of microfilaria of Wuchereria bancrofti species. The parasite was also present in the peripheral blood smear. Filarial infection presenting in this region is unusual and can cause diagnostic dilemma. The clinician can consider filariasis as one of the differential diagnosis while treating those abscesses in the orofacial region that are unresponsive to routine management, especially, patients hailing from endemic areas.

  14. Brodie's abscess. A long-term review. (United States)

    Stephens, M M; MacAuley, P


    In 20 patients with 21 Brodie's abscesses, a long-term review revealed that 13 occurred in the second decade of life. All had local symptoms for six weeks or more. The tibia was involved in 11 cases and seven of these were in the proximal metaphysis. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was elevated in only six cases. When the ESR was more than 40 mm per hour, recurrence was more likely. Staphylococcus aureus was cultured from 11 abscesses. Curettage and antibiotics for six weeks were adequate for treatment in most cases. However, lesions larger than 3 cm in diameter should be grafted, and patients with an elevated ESR require more aggressive decompression and prolonged antibiotic therapy. Lesions within the neck of the femur pose particular anatomic problems and should not be approached laterally. All cases were followed to full bone maturity. No significant leg length inequality was clinically or roentgenologically apparent. If an abscess was juxtaphyseal, deformity of the epiphysis could develop.

  15. Diagnosis of bacterial hepatic abscess by CT

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    Cheng-Lin Wang; Xue-Jun Guo; Shui-Bo Qiu; Yi Lei; Zhi-Dong Yuan; Han-Bin Dong; Hui-An Liu


    BACKGROUND: Bacterial hepatic abscess usually is acute and progressive, often resulting in sepsis, impairment of liver function and disseminated intravascular coagulation. The mortality rate was as high as 80%in the past. For the purpose of early diagnosis and differential diagnosis of this disease, we probed the imaging manifestations and their characteristics in bacterial hepatic abscesses by CT scan. METHODS:Twenty-four lesions from 21 patients with bacterial hepatic abscesses that were conifrmed by clinical features, puncture and culture were reviewed for CT manifestations. Fourteen patients were male and 7 were female, with an average age of 56.2 years. All lesions underwent CT plain scan and three-phase enhanced scan and 15 patients underwent delayed-phase imaging. Three senior radiologists read the iflms in accordance with a standard. RESULTS: Among 24 lesions, 18 (75%) were situated in the right liver with diameters of 1.4-9.3 cm (average 4.5 cm). Nineteen (79.2%) lesions were round or sub-round in shape, and 22 (91.7%) had smooth, uninterrupted and sharp edges. All lesions showed low attenuation of less than 20 Hu. Twenty-two enhanced lesions (91.7%) had rim-shaped enhancement in the abscess wall, and 13 (54.2%) showed single or double-ring signs. Eighteen (75%) displayed honeycomb-like, grid-like or strip-like enhancement. Eighteen (75%) were regionally enhanced in the surroundings or upper or lower layers. Only 2 (8.3%) displayed a gas-liquid surface sign. CONCLUSIONS:  The CT ifndings of bacterial hepatic abscess are usually typical, and the diagnosis of the abscess is not dififcult. To precisely diagnose atypical cases, it is necessary to combine CT with clinical observations and follow-up.

  16. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess

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    Abdurrahman Aycan


    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess (SEA is a rare disease which is often rapidly progressive. Delayed diagnosis of SEA may lead to serious complications and the clinical findings of SEA are generally nonspecific. Paraspinal abscess should be considered in the presence of local low back tenderness, redness, and pain with fever, particularly in children. In case of delayed diagnosis and treatment, SEA may spread to the epidural space and may cause neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI remains the method of choice in the diagnosis of SEA. Treatment of SEA often consists of both medical and surgical therapy including drainage with percutaneous entry, corpectomy, and instrumentation.

  17. Extensive spinal epidural abscess complicated with hydrocephalus

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    Balan Corneliu


    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but severe infection requiring prompt recognition in order to have a favorable outcome and appropriate treatment, mainly surgical. We present one of the largest extensions of such abscess in literature, involving the whole spine. No surgical treatment was tempted due to the involvement of 19 levels but antibiotics. The evolution of the lesion was complicated with hydrocephalus, by mechanism of cervical block of CSF flow, and needed first external derivation and later ventriculo-peritoneal drainage.

  18. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess. (United States)

    Aycan, Abdurrahman; Aktas, Ozgür Yusuf; Guzey, Feyza Karagoz; Tufan, Azmi; Isler, Cihan; Aycan, Nur; Gulsen, İsmail; Arslan, Harun


    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare disease which is often rapidly progressive. Delayed diagnosis of SEA may lead to serious complications and the clinical findings of SEA are generally nonspecific. Paraspinal abscess should be considered in the presence of local low back tenderness, redness, and pain with fever, particularly in children. In case of delayed diagnosis and treatment, SEA may spread to the epidural space and may cause neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) remains the method of choice in the diagnosis of SEA. Treatment of SEA often consists of both medical and surgical therapy including drainage with percutaneous entry, corpectomy, and instrumentation.

  19. [The anal fistula disease and abscess]. (United States)

    Strittmatter, Bernhard


    There are two forms of anal fistulas arising from its pathogenesis: the acute stage is the abscess, whereas the chronic stage is the fistula in ano. The classification of the fistula in ano is named after Parks. Pathogenesis and classification are explained. For complete cure, every abscess needs precise examination to be able to show the course and shape of the fistula. The surgical procedure depends on the fistula tract. Most fistulas can be operated by means of a fistulotomy or fistulectomy. Recovery depends on locating the total fistula tract.

  20. Acute abdomen caused by brucellar hepatic abscess. (United States)

    Ibis, Cem; Sezer, Atakan; Batman, Ali K; Baydar, Serkan; Eker, Alper; Unlu, Ercument; Kuloglu, Figen; Cakir, Bilge; Coskun, Irfan


    Brucellosis is a zoonotic infection that is transmitted from animals to humans by ingestion of infected food products, direct contact with an infected animal, or aerosol inhalation. The disease is endemic in many countries, including the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, India, Mexico, Central and South America and, central and southwest Asia. Human brucellosis is a systemic infection with a wide clinical spectrum. Although hepatic involvement is very common during the course of chronic brucellosis, hepatic abscess is a very rare complication of Brucella infection. We present a case of hepatic abscess caused by Brucella, which resembled the clinical presentation of surgical acute abdomen.

  1. Mycobacterium fortuitum abdominal wall abscesses following liposuction

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    Al Soub Hussam


    Full Text Available We describe here a case of abdominal abscesses due to Mycobacterium fortuitum following liposuction. The abscesses developed three months after the procedure and diagnosis was delayed for five months. The clues for diagnosis were persistent pus discharge in spite of broad spectrum antibiotics and failure to grow any organisms on routine culture. This condition has been rarely reported; however, the increasing number of liposuction procedures done and awareness among physicians will probably result in the identification of more cases. Combination antibiotic therapy with surgical drainage in more extensive diseases is essential for cure.

  2. Cerebral candida abscess in an infant

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    Baradkar V


    Full Text Available Brain abscess is uncommon in the pediatric population. Here, we report one such case due to Candida albicans in one-year-old infant, without any predisposing factors. The child presented with progressively increasing size of head circumference. The diagnosis was confirmed by CT scan of brain and microbiological investigations on the drained pus material. The patient responded to combination of surgery (drainage and intravenous amphotericin B. Neurological development six months after hospital discharge was normal. The organism being a rare cause of cerebral abscess in pediatric population is reported here.

  3. CT detection and aspiration of abdominal abscesses. (United States)

    Haaga, J R; Alfidi, R J; Havrilla, T R; Cooperman, A M; Seidelmann, F E; Reich, N E; Weinstein, A J; Meaney, T F


    Computed tomography (CT) is effective in detecting intraabdominal abscesses. Loculations of fluid and extraluminal gas are clearly localized in relation to other organs. Of 22 abscess in this series, CT successfully detected 20; comparative information with gallium, techneticum, and ultrasound scans is presented. In addition to localizing these collections, CT can be used to guide needle aspiration and drainage procedures. Three sizes of needles were used to aspirate specimens and/or provide drainage. This was accomplished successfully in 12 of 14 CT-guided procedures.

  4. Rectus sheath abscess after laparoscopic appendicectomy

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    Golash Vishwanath


    Full Text Available Port site wound infection, abdominal wall hematoma and intraabdominal abscess formation has been reported after laparoscopic appendicectomy. We describe here a rectus sheath abscess which occurred three weeks after the laparoscopic appendicectomy. It was most likely the result of secondary infection of the rectus sheath hematoma due to bleeding into the rectus sheath from damage to the inferior epigastric arteries or a direct tear of the rectus muscle. As far as we are aware this complication has not been reported after laparoscopic appendicectomy.

  5. Chest wall abscess due to Prevotella bivia

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    Gwo-jong HSU; Cheng-ren CHEN; Mei-chu LAI; Shi-ping LUH


    Prevotella bivia is associated with pelvic inflammatory disease. A 77-year-old man developed a rapidly growing chest wall abscess due to P. Bivia within days. He underwent surgical resection of the infected area; his postoperative course was un-eventful. This is the first case of chest wall abscess due to P. Bivia infection. Its correct diagnosis cannot be underestimated be-cause fulminam infections can occur in aged or immunocompromised patients if treated incorrectly. Prompt, appropriate surgical management, and antibiotic therapy affect treatment outcome.

  6. Serratia marcescens spinal epidural abscess formation following acupuncture. (United States)

    Yang, Chih-Wei; Hsu, Shun-Neng; Liu, Jhih-Syuan; Hueng, Dueng-Yuan


    The formation of spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture is very rare. We herein report the case of a 54-year-old woman who presented with progressive low back pain and fever with a root sign. She underwent surgical decompression, with an immediate improvement of the low back pain. A culture of the epidural abscess grew Serratia marcescens. One year postoperatively, magnetic resonance imaging revealed the almost complete eradication of the abscess. This case is the first case of Serratia marcescens-associated spinal epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture. The characteristics of spinal epidural abscess that develop after acupuncture and how to prevent such complications are also discussed.


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    Jathin Sam


    Full Text Available Intratonsillar abscess is a rare complication of acute tonsillitis. It is a rarely diagnosed infection occurring in both children and adults. Herein, we present a case of intratonsillar abscess in a 25-year-old female patient, who was managed by needle aspiration which is a minimally invasive procedure and it is low cost, safe and effective along with antibiotic therapy. The aspiration of the pus from the tonsil confirms the diagnosis of intratonsillar abscess. So intratonsillar abscesses are uncommon, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess and tonsillitis.

  8. Orbital abscess from dacryocystitis caused by Morganella morganii. (United States)

    Carruth, Bryant P; Wladis, Edward J


    A 22-year-old female with multiple developmental abnormalities stemming from cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome presented with a recurrent orbital abscess 2 years after orbitotomy with drainage of an abscess of presumed hematogenous-origin. During careful intraoperative examination the abscess was seen to directly extend from the lacrimal sac. Cultures were taken and grew Morganella morganii, a Gram negative rod uncommon in ocular and periocular infections. To the author's knowledge, this microorganism has been reported in only one previous case of orbital abscess and underscores the need for organism identification and antibiotic sensitivity analysis in cases of orbital abscess, particularly those with extension from dacryocystitis.

  9. An Unusual Case of Acute Epiglottic Abscess

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    Tanthry Deepalakshmi


      Incision and drainage was performed under general anaesthesia after haematological investigations. Patient was extubated the next day, and was discharged after two days, also oral antibiotics, and analgesics were prescribed. Patient was reviewed after 2 weeks, and indirect laryngoscopy revealed a normal epiglottis.Although pharyngitis is the most common cause of sore throat in adults, acute epiglottitis must be considered in differential diagnosis when there is unrelenting throat pain, and minimal objective signs of pharyngitis. Epiglottic abscess formation is more common in adults than children. They most commonly occur as a complication of acute pharyngitis or with abscess of lingual tonsil .The abscess most frequently comes to a point on or near the lingual surface of the epiglottis. Streptococcus was isolated more frequently. Other organisms reported were Haemophilus influenzae, E.coli, Pseudomonas, Micro- coccus catarrhalis, Pneumococci. In our case, there were no preceding symptoms of acute pharyngitis. Risk factors include adult age at onset, diabetes mellitus, trauma, presence of a foreign body, and immune- compromised state. This case is unusual because of the absence of above risk factors. Incision and drainage under general anaesthesia is the treatment of choice. To the author’s knowledge, very few cases of acute epiglottic abscesses have been reported in the literature. This case is unusual because there are no preceding symptoms of pharyngitis or tonsillitis, and no association of risk factors like diabetes mellitus, trauma, foreign body or immunocompromised state.

  10. Diagnosis and treatment of prostatic abscess

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    Paulo Oliveira


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Present and discuss the pathogenesis, diagnostic methods and treatment of the prostatic abscess. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have retrospectively studied the medical records of 9 patients diagnosed and treated for prostatic abscess, between March 1998 and December 2000, assessing age, context, associated diseases, and diagnostic and therapeutic methods. We have compared the data found with those described in literature, based on Medline data. RESULTS: Mean age was 52.6 years. Three patients had previous diabetes mellitus diagnosis, and one was infected by HIV virus. Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate confirmed the diagnosis of prostatic abscess in all 7 cases in which it was performed. All cases received antibiotic treatment, and 77.8% needed concomitant surgical treatment. Two cases of microabscess were treated only with antibiotics. Four patients were submitted to perineal catheter drainage, 2 were submitted to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP, and one patient required both procedures. Mean hospitalization time was 11.2 days, and most frequent bacterial agent was S. aureus. All patients were discharged from the hospital, and there was no death in this series. CONCLUSIONS: Prostatic abscess should be treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and surgical drainage (perineal puncture or TURP. Microabscess may heal without surgery.

  11. Periappendicular Abscess Presenting within an Inguinal Hernia

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    Norman Loberant


    Full Text Available The presence of the appendix within an inguinal hernia is a rare finding. We present the case of an elderly woman who developed appendicitis within an inguinal hernia, complicated by a supervening periappendicular abscess. She was successfully treated with a combination of antibiotics and percutaneous drainage.

  12. Periappendicular Abscess Presenting within an Inguinal Hernia (United States)

    Loberant, Norman; Bickel, Amitai


    The presence of the appendix within an inguinal hernia is a rare finding. We present the case of an elderly woman who developed appendicitis within an inguinal hernia, complicated by a supervening periappendicular abscess. She was successfully treated with a combination of antibiotics and percutaneous drainage. PMID:26605128

  13. Paediatric acute retropharyngeal abscesses: An experience

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    Khan A Nazir


    Full Text Available Background: To describe our experience of paediatric patients with acute retropharyngeal abscess in terms of clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and complications. Materials and Methods: A prospective study was done for a period of 4 years (Jan 2009 to Jan 2013 on paediatric patients (< 15 years with acute retropharyngeal abscess at two tertiary hospitals in Srinagar. Diagnosis was made on the basis of X-ray, CECT scan findings and confirmed on incision and drainage. Pus was aspirated from all patients and sent for culture and sensitivity. Data for clinical presentation, X-ray, CECT scan findings, causes, complications, bacteriology and management were collected. Thirty-five abscesses were drained while 5 with small abscesses on CECT were managed conservatively. Results: A total of 40 patients were diagnosed as acute retropharyngeal abscesses. Males were commonly affected, and most of the patients were less than 6 years of age. Most common symptom at presentation was fever (35 followed by neck pain (30 Dysphagia/odynophagia (22, swelling in neck (19. Most common clinical sign observed was oropharyngeal swelling and limitation of neck movements (30, cervical swelling/lymphadenopathy in 22 patients. Torticollosis and drooling were seen in 15 patients. Complications were seen in 8 patients. Most common X-ray finding was pre-vertebral thickening. Success rate with primary surgical drainage was 95% while 3 patients in conservative group failed. Conclusion: Children with RPA most commonly present with restricted neck movements, fever and cervical lymphadenopathy, and rarely with respiratory distress or stridor. Surgical intervention is necessary for most of these patients.

  14. Accuracy of single-sequence MRI for investigation of the fluid-filled spaces in the inner ear and cerebellopontine angle. (United States)

    Lemmerling, M; De Praeter, G; Caemaert, J; Van Cauwemberge, P; De Reuck, J; Vermeersch, H; Kunnen, M


    We prospectively studied 163 patients referred for MRI of the temporal bone. A presumed diagnosis was made using only one of three sequences: a single thick (12 mm) slice fast T2-sequence, 3D fourier transform constructive interference in steady state (3DFT-CISS) sequence and a gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted sequence. The visibility of the cochlea, vestibule and superior, lateral and posterior semicircular canals of normal temporal bones was assessed on the T2-weighted images: they were almost always visible (98-100%), with exception of the superior semicircular canal, seen in only 35% of cases. The images were interpreted as abnormal in 34 patients (21%). Using only the fast T2-weighted, 3DFT-CISS and gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted sequences a presumed false positive diagnosis was made in 5, 1 and 0 cases and a false negative diagnosis in 2, 2 and 4 cases respectively. The overall reliability of the thick-section fast T2-weighted images is limited. This study suggests that a combination of gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted and 3DFT-CISS images can be considered the gold standard for temporal bone MRI and neither sequence performed separately is as accurate as both together.

  15. Current trends in the diagnosis and treatment of tuboovarian abscess

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    Landers, D.V.; Sweet, R.L.


    Tuboovarian abscess is a well-recognized complication of acute salpingitis and has been reported in as many as one third of hospital admissions for acute salpingitis. The incidence of tuboovarian abscess is expected to increase as a result of the current epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases and their sequelae. Patients with tuboovarian abscess most commonly present with lower abdominal pain and an adnexal mass(es). Fever and leukocytosis may be absent. Ultrasound, computed tomographic scans, laparoscopy, or laparotomy may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Tuboovarian abscess may be unilateral or bilateral regardless of intrauterine contraceptive device usage. Tuboovarian abscess is polymicrobial with a preponderance of anaerobic organisms. An initial conservative antimicrobial approach to the management of the unruptured tuboovarian abscess is appropriate if the antimicrobial agents used can penetrate abscesses, remain active within the abscess environment, and are active against the major pathogens in tuboovarian abscess, including the resistant gram-negative anaerobes such as Bacteroides fragilis and Bacteroides bivius. However, if the patient does not begin to show a response within a reasonable amount of time, about 48 to 72 hours, surgical intervention should be undertaken. Suspicion of rupture should remain an indication for immediate operation. Once operation is undertaken, a conservative approach with unilateral adnexectomy for one-side tuboovarian abscess is appropriate if future fertility or hormone production is desired.

  16. Sensitivity of computed tomography in detection of perirectal abscess. (United States)

    Caliste, Xzabia; Nazir, Shazia; Goode, Terral; Street, James H; Hockstein, Michael; McArthur, Karina; Trankiem, Christine T; Sava, Jack A


    Most patients with anorectal abscess are diagnosed clinically based on pain, erythema, warmth, and fluctuance. Some patients, however, present with subtle or atypical signs. CT is easily accessible and is commonly used for diagnosis and delineation of anorectal abscess. The purpose of this study is to determine the sensitivity of CT scan in detecting perirectal abscesses and to see if immune status impacts the accuracy of CT. A retrospective study was conducted to identify patients from 2000 to 2009 with International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code 566 (anal or rectal abscess). Patients included had a CT scan less than 48 hours before drainage. Patients with CT-positive abscess were compared with patients with CT-negative abscess. Patients were categorized as either immunocompetent or immunosuppressed based on documentation of diabetes mellitus, cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, or end-stage renal disease. One hundred thirteen patients were included in this study. Seventy-four (65.5%) were male and the average age was 47 years. Eighty-seven of 113 (77%) patients were positive on CT for anorectal abscess. Sixty of 113 (53%) patients included in this study were immunocompromised. CT missed 26 of 113 (23%) patients with confirmed perirectal abscess. Eighteen (69%) of these patients were immunocompromised compared with CT-positive patients (42 [48%], P = 0.05). The overall sensitivity of CT in identifying abscess was 77 per cent. CT lacks sensitivity in detecting perirectal abscess, particularly in the immunocompromised patient.

  17. Subperiostal Orbital Abscess and Frontal Epidural Abscess Due to Sinusitis: A Case Report

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    Burak Ulaş


    Full Text Available A seventeen-year-old girl was admitted to our clinic with complaint of rubor, swelling, and pain on the left upper eyelid. Her medical history revealed that she had received high-dose oral steroid treatment for one week for the diagnosis of acute angioedema in another clinic. On ophthalmologic examination, her left upper eyelid had edema, swelling, and hyperemia. Additionally, she had restriction in up-gaze in the left eye. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 0.7. The patient’s computerized tomography revealed ethmoidal, maxillary and frontal sinusitis, as well as subperiostal orbital abscess, and frontal epidural abscess. Intravenous antibiotic treatment has been arranged. Due to persistence of the clinical signs, surgical drainage of the abscesses has been performed. Following, she has been discharged from the hospital on oral antibiotic treatment. Postoperatively, at the first-month visit, the left eye’s up-gaze restriction was recovered, and visual acuity was improved to 1.0. If a patient presents with eyelid swelling, differential diagnosis should be performed carefully before making the decision to start steroid treatment. Sinusitis, which is seen frequently in clinical practice, should be kept in mind due to its potential to cause orbital abscess, epidural abscess, and intracranial complications. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 464-7

  18. A Rare Complication of Brucellosis: Testicular Abscess

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    Ümit Gul


    Full Text Available Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by Brucella species. Brucella epididymo-orchitis had been reported in up to 20% of patients with brucellosis. This case was a male patient who developed Brucella epidiymo-orchitis and testicular abscess. He had fever, arthralgia and his right epididymis and right testicle were enlarged and tender. Ultrasound evaluation showed hypertrophy of the right epididymis and testis and moreover hypoechoic area within the testis. Brucella serology was positive and the patient did not respond completely to treatment with streptomycin, doxycycline, and rifampicina. Unilateral orchidectomy was decided. In areas where brucella infection is endemic brucella epididymo-orchitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Effective and rapid treatment is important. It should be noted that these patients may develop testicular abscess.

  19. Retroperitoneal abscess: an extra-abdominal manifestation. (United States)

    Mallia, Alvin James; Ashwood, Neil; Arealis, George; Galanopoulos, Ilias


    Retroperitoneal abscesses are unusual occurrences with occult and insidious presentations. There is often a lack of abdominal signs, leading to delays in drainage and high mortality rates. We report a case of thigh emphysema in an 88-year-old patient with diabetes. Prior to admission the patient reported a vague 4-week history of left thigh pain and an inability to fully weight bear. She presented to our emergency department with sepsis and acute kidney impairment. An X-ray of her left femur revealed widespread gas between muscular planes. A retroperitoneal abscess involving the left renal fossa, psoas, iliacus and upper thigh muscles was revealed on an urgent CT scan. The patient was transferred to intensive care unit (ICU) and underwent an emergency drainage. Despite ICU the patient died 2 days after admission.

  20. Treatment of anal fistula and abscess. (United States)

    Pigot, F


    The glands of Hermann and Desfosses, located in the thickness of the anal canal, drain into the canal at the dentate line. Infection of these anal glands is responsible for the formation of abscesses and/or fistulas. When this presents as an abscess, emergency drainage of the infected cavity is required. At the stage of fistula, treatment has two sometimes conflicting objectives: effective drainage and preservation of continence. These two opposing constraints explain the existence of two therapeutic concepts. On one hand the laying-open of the fistulous tract (fistulotomy) in one or several operative sessions remains the treatment of choice because of its high cure rates. On the other hand surgical closure with tract ligation or obturation with biological components preserves sphincter function but suffers from a higher failure rate.

  1. An interesting case of cerebral abscess. (United States)

    Rafiq, Muhammad Khizar


    An immigrant from Romania was referred to the neurosurgical unit with a cerebral abscess. On examination she was cyanosed and had clubbing of her fingers. A cardiovascular system examination revealed a systolic murmur heard all over the precordium. However, the diagnosis was not congenital cyanotic heart disease. The patient had a history of frequent nosebleeds and had multiple telangiectases on her body, leading to the diagnosis of hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). A search was carried out for the presence of arteriovenous malformations in internal organs. Large arteriovenous malformations were found in the lungs, causing her cyanosis due to right-to-left shunting of blood and cerebral abscess due to paradoxical septic embolisation into cerebral circulation.

  2. [Pelvic actinomycosis abscess and intrauterine device]. (United States)

    Ko-Kivok-Yun, P; Charasson, T; Halasz, A; Fournié, A


    A case of association between IUD and a left tubal actinomycotic abscess is presented. The 45 year old patient was wearing an IUD for five years. The symptomatology was mainly that of pelvic pain with an associated mass in the left iliac fossa. The working diagnosis was that of a digestive tumor or an adnexal mass. The surgical procedure allowed to identify an inflammatory reaction with a pseudotumoral abscess formation in the left fallopian tube. The etiology was confirmed by the pathology and bacteriology reports. Treatment consists in surgical extirpation of the infected structures and long term antibacterial therapy. Actinomycosis is a rare but potentially serious pelvic disease. It may involve various organs and readily takes on the aspect of tumor formation.

  3. Radiofrequency ablation of a misdiagnosed Brodie's abscess. (United States)

    Chan, Rs; Abdullah, Bjj; Aik, S; Tok, Ch


    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy is recognised as a safe and effective treatment option for osteoid osteoma. This case report describes a 27-year-old man who underwent computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous RFA for a femoral osteoid osteoma, which was diagnosed based on his clinical presentation and CT findings. The patient developed worsening symptoms complicated by osteomyelitis after the procedure. His clinical progression and subsequent MRI findings had led to a revised diagnosis of a Brodie's abscess, which was further supported by the eventual resolution of his symptoms following a combination of antibiotics treatment and surgical irrigations. This case report illustrates the unusual MRI features of osteomyelitis mimicking soft tissue tumours following RFA of a misdiagnosed Brodie's abscess and highlights the importance of a confirmatory histopathological diagnosis for an osteoid osteoma prior to treatment.

  4. Scintigraphic findings in a Brodie's abscess. (United States)

    Silva, F; Laguna, R; Acevedo, M; Ruíz, C; Orduña, E


    A 9-year-old girl had a 6-month history of left hip pain. Radiographs of the left hip showed a metaphyseal osteolytic lesion with sclerotic borders in the femoral neck. Tc-99m MDP bone imaging and a Ga-67 scan showed focal areas of increased activity in the left femoral neck. These areas of increased uptake corresponded to a lytic area on x-rays, which was due to a Brodie's abscess. The combination of Tc-99m MDP bone and Ga-67 imaging has been widely used in the confirmation of bone infection, increasing the accuracy in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis. However, nuclear scintigraphy has not been previously reported in the confirmation of a Brodie's abscess.

  5. Citrobocter kasori spinal epidural abscess: a rare occurrence. (United States)

    Kumar, Ashok; Jain, Pramod; Singh, Pritish; Divthane, Rupam; Badole, C M


    Pyogenic spinal epidural abscess Is an uncommon Infectious occurrence. Clinical prospects of pyogenic spinal epidural abscess are graver if not promptly diagnosed and treated appropriately. A case of spinal epidural abscess has been presented with sinus tract formation at L4-L5 level, of pyogenic aetiology that progressed to paraplegia over the course of the disease. MRI pointed towards an epidural abscess extending from T12 vertebral level to S1 vertebral level. Surgical decompression in the form of laminectomy and evacuation of pus was done and antibiotics were given according to culture and sensitivity. Histopathological analysis revealed the acute suppurative nature of the abscess. Citrobacter kasori was isolated on pus culture. Pyogenic epidural abscess with causative organism being Citrobacter kasori has least been documented.

  6. Evidence-based Homoeopathy: A case of corneal abscess

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    Sandeep Sudhakar Sathye


    Full Text Available Corneal abscess is a circumscribed collection of pus within the layers of cornea. It is usually endogenous in origin and commonly found near the limbal blood vessels close to corneal margin. Treatment in modern medicine is use of local and systemic antibiotics. Homoeopathy has mentioned medicines for corneal abscess. A case reported was a female of 68 years of age suffering from symptoms of redness, dull pain, and foreign body sensation in the right eye and was diagnosed as corneal abscess. The homoeopathic medicine Hepar sulphuris 200C was prescribed on the basis of pathology. Abscess was reduced considerably within 5 days and it was absorbed completely in 21 days. No recurrence of abscess was observed thereafter. Ocular photographs during follow-up visits have provided documentary evidence about the effectiveness of homoeopathic Hepar sulphuris 200C in corneal abscess.

  7. [Streptococcus intermedius: a rare cause of brain abscess in children]. (United States)

    Jouhadi, Z; Sadiki, H; Hafid, I; Najib, J


    Streptococcus intermedius is a member of the Streptococcus anginosus group, also known as the Streptococcus milleri group. Although this is a commensal agent of the mouth and upper airways, it has been recognized as an important pathogen in the formation of abscesses. However, it has rarely been involved in the formation of brain abscess in children. We report 4 pediatric cases of brain abscess caused by S. intermedius. Three boys and 1 girl, all aged over 2 years, were admitted for a febrile meningeal syndrome and seizures, caused by a S. intermedius brain abscess. Diagnosis was obtained by brain imaging combined with culture of cerebrospinal fluid. The outcome was favorable after antibiotic therapy and abscess puncture. S. intermedius should be considered a potential pathogen involved in the development of brain abscess in children.

  8. Sonographic findings of coccygeal abscess in the neonates

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    Bae, Jun Gi; Kim, Ji Hye; Chun Seok; Lee, Young Seok; Kim, Hyung Sik; Kim, Sang Hi [Chungang Gil Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to report the sonographic findings of neonatal coccygeal abscess, previously not described. Eighteen neonates (5-18 days old) presented with swelling in the coccygeal area and by either open drainage (n=13) or follow-up after antibiotic therapy (n=5), this was diagnosed as coccygeal abscess. We retrospectively reviewed the size, shape, location, echo pattern and marginal characteristics of the abscesses, as seen on sonography, as well as their intradural content and relationship with the spine. Additional MR images (n=5) were separately reviewed. Coccygeal abscesses were confined to the subcutaneous fat layer and were either isoor hypoechoic compared with surrounding fat. In neonates, abscess formation in the coccygeal area is possible and coccygeal abscess should therefore be included in the differentiation of coccygeal masses. (author). 7 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Pyogenic liver abscess associated with large colonic tubulovillous adenoma

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    Hsueh-Chou Lai; Cho-Yu Chan; Cheng-Yuan Peng; Chih-Bin Chen; Wen-Hsin Huang


    Pyogenic liver abscesses usually occur in association with a variety of diseases. Rarely, liver abscess has been reported as the presenting manifestation of colonic tubulovillous adenoma. We report two cases of pyogenic liver abscess without hepatobiliary disease or other obvious etiologies except that one had a history of diabetes mellitus (DM). The pathogen in the patient with DM was Klebsiella pneumonia (KP). In both of the patients, ileus developed about two to three weeks after the diagnosis of liver abscess. Colonoscopy revealed large polypoid tumors with pathological findings of tubulovillous adenoma in both cases. Two lessons were learned from these two cases: (1) an underlying cause should be aggressively investigated in patients with cryptogenic liver abscess; (2) DM could be one of the etiologies but not necessarily the only cause of KP liver abscess.

  10. Intra-abdominal gout mimicking pelvic abscess

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    Chen, Chia-Hui; Chen, Clement Kuen-Huang [Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kaohsiung (Taiwan); National Yang-Ming University, School of Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Yeh, Lee-Ren; Pan, Huay-Ban; Yang, Chien-Fang [Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)


    Gout is the most common crystal-induced arthritis. Gouty tophi typically deposit in the extremities, especially toes and fingers. We present an unusual case of intrapelvic tophaceous gout in a patient suffering from chronic gouty arthritis. CT and MRI of the abdomen and pelvic cavity disclosed calcified gouty tophi around both hips, and a cystic lesion with peripheral enhancement in the pelvic cavity along the course of the iliopsoas muscle. The intra-abdominal tophus mimicked pelvic abscess. (orig.)

  11. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cerebral Abscess Treatment

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    Full Text Available Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cerebral Abscess Treatment. It has been defined as a festering process caused by any germ and placed inside the cerebral parenchyma; this is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for surgeons and general doctors since the clinical and radiological manifestations are often imprecise. This document describes its etiological agents, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. It includes assessment guidelines focused on the most important aspects to be accomplished.

  12. Intramedullary tubercular abscess with syrinx formation

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    Full Text Available Intramedullary spinal cord tubercular abscess with involvement of whole cord is a rare entity that too with syrinx formation following disseminated meningitis. Accurate diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion with clinical history and imaging features for a favorable outcome. Here-in we present a similar case with tubercular etiology which was also associated with syrinx formation and has not been reported previously in the literature up to the author′s knowledge.

  13. Emphysematous liver abscess in diabetic patient: two cases report

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    Rhim, Hyun Chul; Koo, Ja Hong; Kim, Sung Tae; Kim, Yong Soo; Koh, Byung Hee; Cho, On Koo [College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    There has not been any report on massive air-containing liver abscess in diabetic patients, although emphysematous cholecystitis or pyelonephritis is a well-known complication in them. Authors report two cases of emphysematous liver abscess in diabetic patient, which showed typical findings of massive air-containing hepatic abscess on ultrasonography and computed tomography, but very poor prognosis in spite of immediate and successful percutaneous drainage procedure.

  14. Ultrasound-guided surgical drainage of face and neck abscesses. (United States)

    Yusa, H; Yoshida, H; Ueno, E; Onizawa, K; Yanagawa, T


    An ultrasound-guided surgical drainage technique in which grey-scale and colour Doppler ultrasonography were combined is described. The technique was performed for eight deep subcutaneous abscesses subsequent to odontogenic infection, and provided easy detection and accurate, reliable penetration of abscesses that were difficult to locate by physical examination. Colour Doppler ultrasonography is particularly useful for differentiating blood vessels from the static space of abscesses.

  15. Brodie's abscess of the cuboid bone: a case report. (United States)

    Bagatur, A Erdem; Zorer, Gazi


    The case of a patient with Brodie's abscess of the cuboid bone and who presented with a painful and swollen right foot is described. The patient was treated successfully by surgical evacuation of the abscess and with antibiotics. To the authors' knowledge, Brodie's abscess of the cuboid bone has not been reported previously. The clinical presentation and diagnostic difficulties which may be encountered are discussed.

  16. Brodie's abscess of the femoral neck simulating osteoid osteoma. (United States)

    Gulati, Yash; Maheshwari, Aditya V


    Subacute osteomyelitis (Brodie's abscess) is essentially a problem of diagnosis, and there may be considerable difficulty in distinguishing it from other benign and malignant bone lesions. Though reported in the metaphyseal region of the femur, Brodie's abscess is rarer in the femoral neck. The authors present a case of Brodie's abscess in the femoral neck, which clinico-radiologically simulated an osteoid osteoma. Retrospectively, the presence of a cortical sinus tract should have aroused suspicion.

  17. Perianal Abscess and Proctitis by Klebsiella pneumoniae. (United States)

    Jeong, Woo Shin; Choi, Sung Youn; Jeong, Eun Haeng; Bang, Ki Bae; Park, Seung Sik; Lee, Dae Sung; Park, Dong Il; Jung, Yoon Suk


    Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) can at times cause invasive infections, especially in patients with diabetes mellitus and a history of alcohol abuse. A 61-year-old man with diabetes mellitus and a history of alcohol abuse presented with abdominal and anal pain for two weeks. After admission, he underwent sigmoidoscopy, which revealed multiple ulcerations with yellowish exudate in the rectum and sigmoid colon. The patient was treated with ciprofloxacin and metronidazole. After one week, follow up sigmoidoscopy was performed owing to sustained fever and diarrhea. The lesions were aggravated and seemed webbed in appearance because of damage to the rectal mucosa. Abdominal computed tomography and rectal magnetic resonance imaging were performed, and showed a perianal and perirectal abscess. The patient underwent laparoscopic sigmoid colostomy and perirectal abscess incision and drainage. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing K. pneumoniae was identified in pus culture. The antibiotics were switched to ertapenem. He improved after surgery and was discharged. K. pneumoniae can cause rapid invasive infection in patients with diabetes and a history of alcohol abuse. We report the first rare case of proctitis and perianal abscess caused by invasive K. pneumoniae infection.

  18. Intraperitoneal tuberculous abscess: computed tomography features

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    Peng; Dong; Jing-Jing; Chen; Xi-Zhen; Wang; Ya-Qin; Wang


    AIM: To evaluate the computed tomography(CT) features of intraperitoneal tuberculous abscess(IPTA). METHODS: Eight patients with IPTA confirmed by pathology were analyzed retrospectively. The clinical symptoms, medical images, and surgical findings were evaluated. Involvement of the intestine, peritoneum, viscera, and lymph nodes was also assessed. RESULTS: All 8 patients had a history of abdominal discomfort for 1 to 6 mo. Physical examination revealed a palpable abdominal mass in 6 patients. Three patients had no evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis(TB). All IPTAs(11 abscesses) were seen as a multiseptated, peripherally enhanced, hypodense mass with enlarged, rim-enhanced lymph nodes. The largest abscess diameter ranged from 4.5 cm to 12.2 cm. CT showed 2 types of IPTA: Lymph node fusion and encapsulation. Of the 8 patients, one had liver tuberculosis and one had splenic and ovarian tuberculosis. Two cases showed involvement of the terminal ileum and ileocecal junction. Ascites were found in 4 cases. Three patients had peritonitis and mesenteritis. Three patients showed involvement of the omentum. Three patients had histological evidence of caseating granuloma, and 5 had histological evidence of acid-fast bacilli. CONCLUSION: CT is crucial in the detection and characterization of IPTA. Certain CT findings are necessary for correct diagnosis.

  19. [Brodie abscess. Primarily misinterpreted as traumatic lesion]. (United States)

    Nicolajsen, K; Jørgensen, P S; Tørholm, C


    Two case histories are presented. In the first, a 49 year-old man fell on his right hip. He was able to walk, but because of pain he came to our emergency room. Radiographics gave an impression of an undislocated intertrochanteric fracture, scintigraphy confirmed the suspicion. There were no signs of infection. On starting osteosynthesis with the drilling of a hole in the lateral cortex, discharge of pus was observed and curettage of the abscess cavity was performed. In the second, a 21 year-old man hit his right knee against a table. Because of pain he was admitted to hospital. Primary signs of a lesion of the lateral meniscus were found and arthroscopy was scheduled. When readmitted we found signs of an infection and X-ray revealed a Brodie's abscess in the proximal tibia. The abscess cavity was opened and curettage was performed. Radiographics, scintigraphics, blood parameters and pathological and microbiological investigations revealed primary chronic osteomyelitis in both patients. Antibiotic therapy was instituted and six weeks after primary operation bone transplantation was performed. The further course was uncomplicated.

  20. Right adrenal abscess -- an unusual complication of acute apendicitis. (United States)

    Dimofte, Gabriel; Dubei, Liviu; Lozneanu, Lili-Gabriela; Ursulescu, Corina; Grigora Scedil, Mihai


    Acute appendicitis represents one of the most frequent abdominal emergencies encountered in everyday surgical practice. Local infectious complications are not unusual and retroperitoneal abscesses after acute retrocaecal appendicitis have been previously described. The authors present the case of a 22-years-young female patient, admitted for a right iliac fossa abscess, secondary to gangrenous appendicitis. A right adrenal mass 35/40 mm was revealed during preoperative ultrasound evaluation, which evolved in an adrenal abscess that spontaneously drained 10 days after appendectomy and retrocecal drainage. Adrenal abscesses are exceptionally rare, with only a few cases being reported in the literature, but none of these after acute appendicitis.

  1. Septic arthritis of the knee associated with calf abscess. (United States)

    Izumi, Masashi; Ikeuchi, Masahiko; Tani, Toshikazu


    Septic arthritis associated with extra-articular abscess is rare. We report on 2 non-rheumatic patients with septic arthritis of the knee associated with calf abscess. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a distinct leakage pathway from the knee joint in each patient. One was a ruptured popliteal cyst (posteromedial). Another was a pathologic popliteus hiatus (posterolateral). These patients underwent open drainage of the calf abscess via a small incision, followed by arthroscopic debridement of the knee. Careful palpation of the lower leg, followed by magnetic resonance imaging and needle aspiration, is important to exclude a possible extra-articular abscess regardless of the presence of a popliteal cyst.

  2. Head and neck cancers masquerading as deep neck abscesses. (United States)

    Soon, Sue Rene; Kanagalingam, Jeevendra; Johari, Shirish; Yuen, Heng Wai


    Deep neck space abscesses are common otolaryngological emergencies, and prompt incision and drainage is the treatment of choice. Head and neck cancers often present with cervical metastases that may become secondarily infected. Clinical presentation is similar to a deep neck abscess. Surgical drainage of such collections has implications on subsequent treatment. In this case series, we describe six cases with this unusual presentation that were subsequently found to have a head and neck malignancy, and where three patients had their abscesses treated surgically. We aim to raise awareness of this unusual presentation of a head and neck carcinoma, and to avoid a potential pitfall in the management of deep neck abscess.


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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Various aerobic and anaerobic bacteria have been r eported as causative agents of brain abscess but only a few cases of enterococcal brain abscesses have been reported. We report a case of enterococcal brain abscess of otoge nic origin in a 35 year old male who was known case of chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM and cholesteotoma of the right ear. The abscess material culture yielded an isolate which w as identified as Enterococcus faecium by standard biochemical reaction. The isolate was sens itive to penicillin, ampicillin, gentamicin, vancomycin, ofloxacin, lincomycin, and cloxacillin.

  4. Transmastoid approach to otogenic brain abscess: 14 years experience

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Objectives of this study were to review our experience in on otogenic brain abscess and its management by transmastoid drainage and compare the results. Materials and Methods: All patients with brain abscess secondary to CSOM presenting to our department from January 1997 to December 2010 were included in this study. All patients subjected to clinical, neurological, opthalmological examination and CT scan was done as an imaging modality. All patients managed by radical mastoidectomy or modified radical mastoidectomy and transmastoid drainage of brain abscess as neurosurgical facility not available. Results: Seventy-two patients in whom brain abscess secondary to chronic suppurative otitis media was diagnosed and has been treated since 1997 are presented. 85% of patients were below 20 years of age. More than 50% patients presented with more than one complication of chronic suppurative otitis media. 85% of patients were having extensive cholesteatoma and 15% patients were having extensive granulations in middle ear and mastoid air cells. 83% patients were having cerebellar abscess while 17% patients were having temporal lobe abscess. 80% of the pus culture was sterile while in 20% patients various microorganisms such as Proteus spp., Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus spp., and Streptococcus spp were cultured. Overall mortality in this series was 4.4%. Conclusion: In diagnosis of otogenic brain abscess CT scan with constrast is of immense help. Transmastoid drainage of brain abscess is a safe and effective method that can be performed by otologists in cases of otogenic brain abscess.

  5. Clinical and CT findings of Klebsiella liver abscess: comparison with non-Klebsiella liver abscess

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    Woo, Young Geun; Kim, Man Deuk; Yoon, Sang Wook; Kim, Hee Jin [Bundang CHA General Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun [Daejon St. Mary' s Hospital, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kang Mun [St. Vincent Hospital, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eun Ja [Myungji Hospital, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)


    To analyse the clinical features and CT findings of pyogenic liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae, and to compare the findings with those of cases in which abscesses were caused by other pathogens. Twenty-one cases of pyogenic liver abscess were assigned to either the Klebsiella or the non-Klebsiella group, and the patients' past medical history and intra-abdominal abnormalities such as calculus or malignancy were reviewed. Laboratory data such as alkaline phosphatase (ALT), SGOT and SGPT levels were analyzed, and on the basis of the CT findings, decisions were reached as to (a) whether abscesses were single or multiple contiguous or discontiguous, uniloculated or multiloculated; and (b) the presence or absence of gas, hepatic parenchymal enhancement, peripheral rim enhancement, and extrahepatic abnormality. For statistical analysis, fisher's exact test was used. Among 21 abscesses, Klebsiella pneumoniae was the most common pathogen (n=11). The others were Pseudomonas (n=3), E.coli (n=2), Enterococcus (n=2), G. (+) cocci (n=2) and polymicrobial (n=1). Diabetes mellitus was more common among patients in the Klebsiella group, among whom a multiloculated single cavity was a frequent finding. Five patients in the non-Klebsiella group experienced biliary tract obstruction, which was not demonstrated in the Klebsiella group. Hepatic parenchymal enhancement was more common in the non-Klebsiella group. In case of pyogenic liver disease, especially where diabates mellitus is involved, Klebsiella pneumoniae is a major pathogen. Significant CT findings of Klebsiella liver abscess included a multiloculated single cavity, rare biliary tract obstruction, and little hepatic parenchymal enhancement.

  6. [Bilateral cerebellopontine arachnoid cyst]. (United States)

    Gelabert-Gonzalez, M; Aran-Echabe, E; Pita-Buezas, L


    Introduccion. Los quistes aracnoideos bilaterales del angulo pontocerebeloso son excepcionales, y unicamente existen tres casos publicados en la bibliografia. Caso clinico. Niña de 14 años, previamente sana, que acude a consultas por presentar cefalea bifrontal de seis semanas de evolucion. La exploracion clinica era normal y la resonancia magnetica craneal mostraba dos lesiones extraaxiales localizadas en ambos angulos pontocerebelosos, siendo ligeramente mayor la izquierda. Las lesiones se comportaban como homogeneamente intensas en T1 e hiperintensas en T2, no captaban contraste y no existia restriccion en las secuencias de difusion. No se indico tratamiento quirurgico. Conclusiones. Los quistes aracnoideos bilaterales situados en el angulo pontocerebeloso son excepcionales. La principal indicacion para el tratamiento quirurgico es la presencia de sintomas o signos neurologicos coincidentes con la localizacion de los quistes.

  7. [The role of echography in osteolytic tubercular abscesses]. (United States)

    Gandolfo, N; Serrato, O; Sandrone, C; Serafini, G


    Tubercular abscesses are relatively common complications of tubercular spondylodiscitis. Fifty-one patients with suspected abscesses were selected from a group of 97 patients with tubercular spondylodiscitis and submitted to US. In 10 cases CT was performed before US and detected 7 abscesses, all of them confirmed by US. In the extant 41 cases, CT followed US; in 13 cases only US poorly visualized ilio-psoas muscles. As for the group of 23 patients who underwent both CT and US, if the former method is assumed as the reference gold standard, overall US sensitivity is 97% (1 false negative) and its specificity is 100%. In all cases where US findings were accurate and specific enough, CT was not performed; the patients were followed every seventh month and no abscesses found. US showed abscesses in the iliac fossa in 20 cases, along the psoas fascia in 6 and in the thighs in 3 cases. Two cases of gluteal localization were observed, together with 1 Grynfelt's triangle abscess, 1 Petit's triangle and 1 Scarpa's triangle abscesses; finally, 1 abscess was found in the knee. The most common appearance of tubercular abscesses is a hypoechoic and inhomogeneous pattern; sometimes caseum makes the abscess solid and hyperechoic. Calcifications were unusual in our series. All patients were submitted to percutaneous drainage under US guidance. The results proved US to allow the early and unquestionable diagnosis of tubercular abscesses and to confirm clinical suspicion. Moreover, US is also useful to guide percutaneous drainage and to follow the patients after drainage. As for CT, it remains the method of choice to depict vertebral involvement, but, in our series, it exhibited no significant advantages over US in the study of abscessual lumbar collections.

  8. Spinal epidural abscess as a result of dissemination from gluteal abscess secondary to intramuscular analgesic injection. (United States)

    Sasani, Mehdi; Aydin, Ozlem; Aydin, Ahmet Levent; Oktenoglu, Tunc; Ozer, Ali Fahir; Ercelen, Omur


    Spinal epidural abscess is a collection of suppurative material that forms between the dura mater and the ligamentum flavum. If not recognized early and treated correctly, it can lead to life-threatening sepsis. Here we report the case of a female patient, 51 years of age, with difficulty walking and bilateral leg pain after having had degenerative discogenic pain for many years. The patient had occasionally received intramuscular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug injections. The current report is that of an unusual case of epidural abscess that formed following multiple dose of intramuscular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug over a 1-year period. Hematogenous or direct dissemination is the suspected cause. To prevent serious morbidity and mortality, early diagnosis is essential. Patients with localized back pain who are at risk for developing such epidural spinal abscesses should receive a magnetic resonance imaging scan with contrast enhancement without delay. The existence of predisposing factors such as intramuscular injections should be considered in the assessment of suspected spinal epidural abscess.

  9. Analysis of the Bacterial Diversity in Liver Abscess: Differences Between Pyogenic and Amebic Abscesses. (United States)

    Reyna-Fabián, Miriam E; Zermeño, Valeria; Ximénez, Cecilia; Flores, Janin; Romero, Miguel F; Diaz, Daniel; Argueta, Jesús; Moran, Patricia; Valadez, Alicia; Cerritos, René


    Several recent studies have demonstrated that virulence in Entamoeba histolytica is triggered in the presence of both pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria species using in vitro and in vivo experimental animal models. In this study, we examined samples aspirated from abscess material obtained from patients who were clinically diagnosed with amebic liver abscess (ALA) or pyogenic liver abscess (PLA). To determine the diversity of bacterial species in the abscesses, we performed partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing. In addition, the E. histolytica and Entamoeba dispar species were genotyped using tRNA-linked short tandem repeats as specific molecular markers. The association between clinical data and bacterial and parasite genotypes were examined through a correspondence analysis. The results showed the presence of numerous bacterial groups. These taxonomic groups constitute common members of the gut microbiota, although all of the detected bacterial species have a close phylogenetic relationship with bacterial pathogens. Furthermore, some patients clinically diagnosed with PLA and ALA were coinfected with E. dispar or E. histolytica, which suggests that the virulence of these parasites increased in the presence of bacteria. However, no specific bacterial groups were associated with this effect. Together, our results suggest a nonspecific mechanism of virulence modulation by bacteria in Entamoeba.

  10. Roseomonas spinal epidural abscess complicating instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion. (United States)

    Maraki, Sofia; Bantouna, Vasiliki; Lianoudakis, Efstratios; Stavrakakis, Ioannis; Scoulica, Efstathia


    The first case of a spinal epidural abscess caused by Roseomonas mucosa following instrumented posterior lumbar fusion is presented. Although rare, because of its highly resistant profile, Roseomonas species should be included in the differential diagnosis of epidural abscesses in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts.

  11. Extensive spinal epidural abscess as a complication of Crohn's disease. (United States)

    Smith, Chez; Kavar, Bhadrakant


    A spinal epidural abscess is a neurosurgical emergency. Successful treatment frequently requires decompression of the spinal canal in combination with intravenous antibiotics. We report a patient with Crohn's disease who developed an extensive spinal epidural abscess communicating with an intra-abdominal collection.

  12. Minimally invasive treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess. (United States)

    Safavi-Abbasi, Sam; Maurer, Adrian J; Rabb, Craig H


    The use of minimally invasive tubular retractor microsurgery for treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess is described. This technique was used in 3 cases, and excellent results were achieved. The authors conclude that multilevel spinal epidural abscesses can be safely and effectively managed using microsurgery via a minimally invasive tubular retractor system.

  13. Retroperitoneal abscesses in two western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). (United States)

    Hahn, Alicia; D'Agostino, Jennifer; Cole, Gretchen A; Raines, Jan


    This report describes two cases of retroperitoneal abscesses in female western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Clinical symptoms included perivulvar discharge, lameness, hindlimb paresis, and general malaise. Retroperitoneal abscesses should be considered as part of a complete differential list in female gorillas with similar clinical signs.

  14. Infrahyoid spread of deep neck abscess: anatomical consideration. (United States)

    Ojiri, H; Tada, S; Ujita, M; Ariizumi, M; Ishii, C; Mizunuma, K; Fukuda, K


    The aim of this study was to determine the pathway of infrahyoid extension of the oropharyngeal abscess considering the anatomy of the fascial spaces by cross-sectional imaging. CT scans and MR images were retrospectively reviewed in ten patients with known infrahyoid extension of oropharyngeal abscesses (eight with acute tonsillitis, two with acute phlegmonous oropharyngitis). In seven of eight patients tonsillar abscesses descended along the deep cervical fascia converging on the hyoid bone and further accumulated in the anterior cervical space through which extension to the mediastinum took place in four patients. In seven patients the abscesses involved the retropharyngeal space at the infrahyoid neck. In two of these seven patients the abscesses directly extended down into the upper mediastinum through the retropharyngeal space. In one patients of the seven mediastinal spread of an abscess occurred through the posterior cervical space, not through the retropharyngeal space. Cross-sectional imaging is valuable in the evaluation of deep neck abscesses and the pathway of spread. The anterior cervical space in the infrahyoid neck is important for mediastinal extension of pharyngeal abscesses.

  15. Predicting Neck Abscess with Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography

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    Full Text Available Neck abscesses are difficult to diagnose and treat. Currently, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT is the imaging modality of choice. The study aims to determine the predictive value of CECT findings in diagnosing neck abscess, causes of neck abscess and the most common neck space involved in the local population. 84 consecutive patients clinically suspected to have neck abscess who underwent CECT and surgical confirmation of pus were included. Demographic and clinical data were recorded. 75 patients were diagnosed as having neck abscess on CECT; out of those 71 patients were found to have pus. Overall CECT findings were found to have a high sensitivity (98.6% and positive predictive value (PPV (94.7% but lower specificity (67.2% in diagnosing neck abscess. The CECT diagnostic criterion with the highest PPV is the presence of rim irregularity (96%. The most common deep neck space involved is the submandibular compartment, which correlates with the finding that odontogenic cause was the most common identifiable cause of abscess in the study population. Thus, in a patient clinically suspected of having neck abscess, CECT findings of a hypodense mass with rim irregularity are helpful in confirming the diagnosis and guiding clinical management.

  16. Roseomonas Spinal Epidural Abscess Complicating Instrumented Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion


    Maraki, Sofia; Bantouna, Vasiliki; Lianoudakis, Efstratios; Stavrakakis, Ioannis; Scoulica, Efstathia


    The first case of a spinal epidural abscess caused by Roseomonas mucosa following instrumented posterior lumbar fusion is presented. Although rare, because of its highly resistant profile, Roseomonas species should be included in the differential diagnosis of epidural abscesses in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts.

  17. Porphyromonas gingivalis causing brain abscess in patient with recurrent periodontitis. (United States)

    Rae Yoo, Jeong; Taek Heo, Sang; Kim, Miyeon; Lee, Chang Sub; Kim, Young Ree


    We report an extremely rare case of Porphyromonas gingivalis causing brain abscess in a patient with recurrent periodontitis. The patient presented with right-sided homonymous hemianopsia and right hemiparesis. Emergent surgical drainage was performed and antibiotics were administered. P. gingivalis was identified from the anaerobic culture of the abscess. The clinical course of the patient improved with full recovery of the neurologic deficit.

  18. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in spontaneous brain abscess patients

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    Bartek, Jiri; Jakola, Asgeir S; Skyrman, Simon


    BACKGROUND: There is a need to improve outcome in patients with brain abscesses and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a promising treatment modality. The objective of this study was to evaluate HBOT in the treatment of intracranial abscesses. METHOD: This population-based, comparative cohort...

  19. Predictive factors for early aspiration in liver abscess

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    Rustam Khan; Saeed Hamid; Shahab Abid; Wasim Jafri; Zaigham Abbas; Mohammed Islam; Hasnain Shah; Shaalan Beg


    AIM: To determine the predictive factors for early aspiration in liver abscess.METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients with liver abscess from 1995 to 2004 was performed. Abscess was diagnosed as amebic in 661 (68%) patients, pyogenic in 200 (21%), indeterminate in 73 (8%) and mixed in 32 (3%). Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to determine predictive factors for aspiration of liver abscess.RESULTS: A total of 966 patients, 738 (76%) male, mean age 43 ± 17 years, were evaluated: 540 patients responded to medical therapy while adjunctive percutaneous aspiration was performed in 426 patients. Predictive factors for aspiration of liver abscess were: age ≥ 55 years, size of abscess ≥ 5 cm, involvement of both lobes of the liver and duration of symptoms ≥ 7 d. Hospital stay in the aspiration group was relatively longer than in the non aspiration group. Twelve patients died in the aspiration group and this mortality was not statistically significant when compared to the non aspiration group.CONCLUSION: Patients with advanced age, abscess size > 5 cm, both lobes of the liver involvement and duration of symptoms > 7 d were likely to undergo aspiration of the liver abscess, regardless of etiology.

  20. A Rare Case of Fusobacterium Necrophorum Liver Abscesses (United States)

    Hannoodi, Faris; Sabbagh, Hussam; Kulairi, Zain; Kumar, Sarwan


    Liver abscesses are an uncommon disease that can present with vague symptoms. Fusobacterium necrophorum causing liver abscesses is a rare condition and only a few cases have been reported. An 88-year-old female presented to her primary care physician with one week of fevers, night sweats, chills, fatigue and vague right upper quadrant abdominal pain. She denied nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and unintentional weight loss. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed two liver abscesses in the right lobe as well as extensive diverticulosis. Percutaneous drainage was performed and draining catheters were placed in the abscesses. Culture of the abscess fluid grew Fusobacterium necrophorum. She was treated with ceftriaxone and metronidazole as per sensitivities. Rare cases of F. necrophorum hepatic abscesses have been published. The source of infection described in reported cases included hematogenous spread from dental caries/peritonsillar abscess and those involving the gastrointestinal tract resulting from inflammation of the bowel wall or from inflamed diverticuli via the portal circulation. In one study, thirteen cases of liver abscess due to F. necrophorum were studied, and two of these cases had diverticular disease without inflammation.

  1. Cerebral abscesses among Danish patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia

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    Kjeldsen, A D; Tørring, P M; Nissen, H;


    Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a dominantly inherited disease characterized by a wide variety of clinical manifestations, including pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs), which due to paradoxical embolization may cause cerebral abscess.......Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a dominantly inherited disease characterized by a wide variety of clinical manifestations, including pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs), which due to paradoxical embolization may cause cerebral abscess....

  2. Gordonia terrae kidney graft abscess in a renal transplant patient. (United States)

    Nicodemo, A C; Odongo, F C A; Doi, A M; Sampaio, J L M


    We present the first report, to our knowledge, of a renal abscess cause by an infection from Gordonia terrae in a kidney transplant patient. The patient simultaneously had pulmonary tuberculosis and a perirenal allograft abscess caused by G. terrae. After treatment with imipenem, in addition to anti-tuberculous drugs, the patient was cured.

  3. Brodie's abscess--an uncommon cause of leg pain. (United States)

    Amin, Muhammad Umar; Shafique, Mobeen; Jalil, Jawad; Nafees, Muhammad; Khan, Shamraiz


    A rare case of Brodie's abscess of distal left tibia is presented in a child which was initially missed on clinical grounds alone. Differentiation from different bone neoplasms was done on radiological grounds. The patient was managed surgically with high dose intravenous antibiotics. Brodie's abscess is very rarely encountered in our reporting of X-rays.

  4. Retroperitoneal abscess: an extra-abdominal manifestation


    Mallia, Alvin James; Ashwood, Neil; Arealis, George; Galanopoulos, Ilias


    Retroperitoneal abscesses are unusual occurrences with occult and insidious presentations. There is often a lack of abdominal signs, leading to delays in drainage and high mortality rates. We report a case of thigh emphysema in an 88-year-old patient with diabetes. Prior to admission the patient reported a vague 4-week history of left thigh pain and an inability to fully weight bear. She presented to our emergency department with sepsis and acute kidney impairment. An X-ray of her left femur ...

  5. [Cerebellar abscesses secondary to infection of an occipital dermal sinus]. (United States)

    García Galera, A; Martínez León, M I; Pérez da Rosa, S; Ros López, B


    A dermal sinus is a congenital defect arising from a closure failure of the neural tube that results in different degrees of communication between the skin and the central nervous system. A dermal sinus can occur anywhere from the root of the nose to the conus medullaris, and the occipital location is the second most common. Dermal sinuses are often found in association with dermoid or epidermoid cysts and less frequently with teratomas. Patients with an occipital dermoid cyst associated with a dermal sinus can develop meningitis and/or abscesses as the first clinical manifestation of the disease due to the dermoid cyst itself becoming abscessed or to the formation of secondary abscesses; few cases of the formation of secondary abscesses have been reported. We present a case of a dermoid cyst associated with an infected dermal sinus and posterior development of cerebellar abscesses and hydrocephalus.

  6. CT findings of hepatic abscess arising from perforated acute cholecystitis

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    Choi, Sang Hee; Lee, Kyoung Soo; Lee, Jin Seoung; Lee, Moon Gyu; Chung, Young Hwa; Lee, Young Sang; Lee, Sung Gyu; Auh, Yong Ho [Ulsan Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to report the CT findings of four patients with hepatic abscess secondary to perforated acute cholecystitis. We retrospectively reviewed the CT findings of four patients with surgically proven hepatic abscess secondary to perforated acute cholecystitis. CT findings were analysed with respect to the observation of the gallbladder, pericholecystic space, hepatic lesions, and peritoneal cavity. All patients underwent cholecystectomy, with drainage of the hepatic abscess. CT findings of hepatic abscess secondary to perforated acute cholecystitis were hypodense mass formation in the pericholecystic space(n=3), irreguarity and wall defect of Gallbladder(n=4), thickened Gallbladder wall(n=4), stone with debris(n=4), and local or diffuse infiltration of the pericholecystic area(n=3), omentum, and mesentery. CT was helpful in diagnosing the hepatic abscess secondary to perforated acute cholecystitis.

  7. Orthodontic Elastic Separator-Induced Periodontal Abscess: A Case Report

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    Talia Becker


    Full Text Available Aim. Orthodontic elastic bands were proposed as being the source of gingival abscesses that can rapidly lead to bone loss and teeth exfoliation. We report an adolescent, otherwise, healthy patient whose periodontal status was sound. Shortly after undergoing preparations for orthodontic treatment consisting of orthodontic separators, he presented with a periodontal abscess for which there was no apparent etiology. A non-orthoradial X-ray was inconclusive, but an appropriate one revealed a subgingival orthodontic separator as the cause of the abscess. Removal of the separator and thorough scaling led to complete resolution of the abscess, but there was already residual mild damage to the alveolar bone. Summary. Failure to use appropriate imaging to reveal the cause of gingival abscesses can result in the delay of implementing treatment and halting irreversible alveolar bone loss. An inflammatory process restricted to the gingiva and refractive to conventional therapy should raise the possibility of a foreign body etiology.

  8. Thigh abscess as an extension of psoas abscess: the first manifestation of perforated appendiceal adenocarcinoma: case report. (United States)

    Petrovic, Igor; Pecin, Ivan; Prutki, Maja; Augustin, Goran; Nedic, Ana; Gojevic, Ante; Potocki, Kristina; Reiner, Zeljko


    A 65-year-old woman presented with a painful, swollen, red right thigh and the mild pain in the right abdomen without nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea that lasted for 1 week. Laboratory findings revealed elevated inflammatory markers. Computed tomography of the right thigh, abdomen and pelvis showed an abscess formation in the adductor muscles draining from the abscess that completely occupied the right retroperitoneum up to the diaphragm, dissecting downward through the inguinal canal. Appendix was enlarged with an appendicolith. Emergent exploratory laparotomy revealed a perforated appendix with psoas abscess. Pathohistological diagnosis revealed adenocarcinoma of the appendix. Thigh abscess is an uncommon condition with insidious clinical presentation. Therefore, early recognition and setting of the correct diagnosis enables adequate treatment avoiding additional complications and in some cases potential life-threatening conditions. When upper leg abscess is suspected or proven abdominal examination is mandatory.

  9. Evaluation and management of spinal epidural abscess. (United States)

    DeFroda, Steven F; DePasse, J Mason; Eltorai, Adam E M; Daniels, Alan H; Palumbo, Mark A


    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon and potentially catastrophic condition. SEA often presents a diagnostic challenge, as the "classic triad" of fever, spinal pain, and neurological deficit is evident in only a minority of patients. When diagnosis is delayed, irreversible neurological damage may ensue. To minimize morbidity, an appropriate level of suspicion and an understanding of the diagnostic evaluation are essential. Infection should be suspected in patients presenting with axial pain, fever, or elevated inflammatory markers. Although patients with no known risk factors can develop SEA, clinical concern should be heightened in the presence of diabetes, intravenous drug use, chronic renal failure, immunosuppressant therapy, or a recent invasive spine procedure. When the clinical profile is consistent with the diagnosis of SEA, gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal column should be obtained on an emergent basis to delineate the location and neural compressive effect of the abscess. Rapid diagnosis allows for efficient treatment, which optimizes the potential for a positive outcome.

  10. Endoanal ultrasound in perianal fistulae and abscesses. (United States)

    Visscher, Arjan Paul; Felt-Bersma, Richelle J F


    Endoanal ultrasound is a technique that provides imaging of the anal sphincters and its surrounding structures as well as the pelvic floor. However, endoanal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is preferred by most physicians, although costs are higher and demand easily outgrows availability. Endoanal ultrasound is an accurate imaging modality delineating anatomy of both cryptoglandular as well as Crohn perianal fistula and abscess. Endoanal ultrasound is comparable with examination under anesthesia and equally sensitive as endoanal MRI in fistula detection. When fistula tracts or abscesses are located above the puborectal muscle, an additional endoanal MRI should be performed. Preoperative imaging is advocated in recurrent cryptoglandular fistula because a more complex pattern can be expected. Endoanal ultrasound can help avoid missing tracts during surgery, lowering the chance for the fistula to persist or recur. It can easily be performed in an outpatient setting and endosonographic skills are quickly incremented. Costs are low and endoanal ultrasound has the potential to improve outcome of patients with both cryptoglandular and fistulizing Crohn disease; therefore, it values more attention.

  11. Insidious manifestation of pyogenic liver abscess caused by Streptococcus intermedius and Micrococcus luteus: a case report. (United States)

    Ioannou, Antreas; Xenophontos, Eleni; Karatsi, Alexandra; Petrides, Christos; Kleridou, Maro; Zintilis, Chrysostomos


    Pyogenic liver abscesses are caused by various microorganisms and usually present with fever, abdominal pain, leukocytosis and liver enzyme abnormalities. This case presents the insidious manifestation of a pyogenic liver abscess in a 34-year-old immunocompetent male, where classical manifestations of a liver abscess were absent. The microorganisms cultured from the abscess belonged to oral cavity's and gastrointestinal tract's normal flora.

  12. Chronic and Recurrent Subareolar Abscess of the Breast from Underlying Causes

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    An, Jin Kyung; Kang, Jae Hee; Kim, Eun Kyung; Hong, Young Ok [Eulji University, Eulji Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A subareolar abscess is the most common non-puerperal abscess of the breast. The main cause of a subareolar abscess is squamous metaplasia, which obstructs the lactiferous ducts and leads to the stasis of secretions and rupture of the ducts. However, there are other causes of subareolar abscess formation

  13. Spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology: a case report and literature review. (United States)

    Bremer, Andrew A; Darouiche, Rabih O


    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare infectious disease. However, if left unrecognized and untreated, the clinical outcome of spinal epidural abscess can be devastating. Correctly diagnosing a spinal epidural abscess in a timely fashion is often difficult, particularly if the clinician does not actively consider the diagnosis. The most common presenting symptoms of spinal epidural abscess include backache, radicular pain, weakness, and sensory deficits. However, early in its course, spinal epidural abscess can also present with vague and nondescript manifestations. In this report, we describe a case of spinal epidural abscess presenting as abdominal pain, and review the literature describing other cases of spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology.

  14. Evaluation of safe surgical treatment of peritonsillar abscess using computed tomography

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    Ishii, Kasumi; Aramaki, Hajime; Arai, Yasuko; Uchimura, Kanako; Okabe, Kunihiko; Nishida, Motoko; Yoda, Keiko [Tokyo Women' s Medical Coll. (Japan). Daini Hospital


    With the development of new antimicrobial agents, the incidence of peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is on the decline. PTA is still often encountered in general practice, however, where it requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Because the internal carotid artery runs medially to the medial parapharyngeal space, damage to nearby vascular or other structures is a surgical risk of PTA. We used contrast computed tomography (CT) from PTA patients to investigate the anatomical relationship between the abscess and parapharyngeal space, and to determine safe surgical sites. We observed 31 patients with PTA, 19 men and 12 women, between February 1997 and April 1999, all examined by contrast CT and undergoing drainage or incision. The average age was 30.7 years (range: 12-54 years). The abscess was on the right side in 20 cases and on the left side in 11. We determined the sites of the abscess and carotid artery, internal jugular vein, and surrounding soft tissue density area including nerves in the parapharyngeal space based on the angle and distance from recognizable anatomical structures in CT scans. The anterior margin of the parapharyngeal space was 29{+-}5 mm posterior from the upper posterior alveolar margin. The medial margin of that space was at 15{+-}2 deg laterally from the midline of the incisors, and 24{+-}4 mm laterally from the midline sagittal plane. The internal carotid artery was located medially to the parapharyngeal space, running on the sagittal plane containing the upper posterior alveolar margin. The distance from the anterior margin of the parapharyngeal space to the posterior wall of the PTA was 9{+-}4 mm, and the distance to the anterior wall of the abscess (including the pharyngeal mucosa) was 31{+-}5 cm. The relationship between the upper posterior alveolar margin and midline sagittal plane was useful for determining the site of the parapharyngeal space. Because the internal carotid artery is located on the same sagittal plane as the upper

  15. Ovarian tubercular abscess mimicking ovarian carcinoma: A rare case report

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    Abinash Agarwala


    Full Text Available Although genito-urinary tuberculosis is common, reports of isolated ovarian tubercular abscess are rare. Ovarian tubercular abscess may mimics that of an ovarian tumor, leading to diagnostic difficulties. We reported a case report of 35 years woman presented with chronic pain abdomen, weight loss, low-grade fever and a right ovarian mass on ultrasound, with a significantly elevated CA-125 level. On clinical and radiological evidence, diagnosis of ovarian carcinoma was made, and laparotomy was performed with resection of the ovary. Postoperative specimen sent for histological examination that revealed classic epithelioid granuloma and acid-fast bacilli were present in Ziehl-Neelsen stain. Patient was put on antitubercular regimen from our Dots center. She is improving clinical after taking antitubercular drug and is on regular follow up at our chest outpatient department. Ovarian tubercular abscess is common in young women living in endemic zones, but case report of isolated tubercular abscess is rarely reported. CA-125 can be raised in both ovarian tubercular abscess and ovarian carcinoma, and only imaging is not always conclusive. Laparotomy followed by tissue diagnosis can be helpful in this situation. As the prognosis and treatment outcome of ovarian tubercular abscess and ovarian carcinoma is different, proper diagnosis by laparotomy should be done. Early diagnosis of ovarian tubercular abscess is vital as untreated disease can lead to infertility.

  16. Tuboovarian Abscesses: Is Size Associated with Duration of Hospitalization & Complications?

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    Jason DeWitt


    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate the association between abscess size and duration of hospitalization and need for surgical intervention. Methods. We collected data from patients admitted with ICD-9 codes 614.9 (PID and 614.2 (TOA from January 1, 1999—December 31, 2005. We abstracted data regarding demographics, diagnostic testing/laboratory testing, imaging, treatment, and clinical course. Two abscess groups were created: ≤8 cm or >8 cm. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and duration of hospitalization and surgical intervention for women with large abscesses were compared to women with smaller collections. Results. Of the 373 charts reviewed, 135 had a TOA and 31% required management with drainage and/or surgery. The average abscess size for those treated successfully with conservative management was 6.3 cm versus those requiring drainage and/or surgery (7.7 cm, P=.02. Every 1 cm increase in abscess size as associated with an increase in hospitalization by 0.4 days (P=.001. Abscesses greater than 8 cm were associated with an increased risk of complications (P<.01. Conclusions. Larger tubo-ovarian abscesses are associated with an increased duration of hospitalization and more complications including an increased need for drainage or surgery. Additional research to determine the most efficacious antibiotic regimen management strategy is needed.

  17. Oral microbiota species in acute apical endodontic abscesses

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    Noelle George


    Full Text Available Background and objectives: Acute apical abscesses are serious endodontic diseases resulting from pulpal infection with opportunistic oral microorganisms. The objective of this study was to identify and compare the oral microbiota in patients (N=18 exhibiting acute apical abscesses, originating from the demographic region in Portland, Oregon. The study hypothesis is that abscesses obtained from this demographic region may contain unique microorganisms not identified in specimens from other regions. Design: Endodontic abscesses were sampled from patients at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU School of Dentistry. DNA from abscess specimens was subjected to polymerase chain reaction amplification using 16S rRNA gene-specific primers and Cy3-dCTP labeling. Labeled DNA was then applied to microbial microarrays (280 species generated by the Human Oral Microbial Identification Microarray Laboratory (Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA. Results: The most prevalent microorganisms, found across multiple abscess specimens, include Fusobacterium nucleatum, Parvimonas micra, Megasphaera species clone CS025, Prevotella multisaccharivorax, Atopobium rimae, and Porphyromonas endodontalis. The most abundant microorganisms, found in highest numbers within individual abscesses, include F. nucleatum, P. micra, Streptococcus Cluster III, Solobacterium moorei, Streptococcus constellatus, and Porphyromonas endodontalis. Strong bacterial associations were identified between Prevotella multisaccharivorax, Acidaminococcaceae species clone DM071, Megasphaera species clone CS025, Actinomyces species clone EP053, and Streptococcus cristatus (all with Spearman coefficients >0.9. Conclusions: Cultivable and uncultivable bacterial species have been identified in endodontic abscesses obtained from the Portland, Oregon demographic region, and taxa identifications correlated well with other published studies, with the exception of Treponema and Streptococcus cristae, which

  18. Ascariasis as a cause of hepatic abscess: A report of 3 cases. (United States)

    Chauhan, V; Thakur, S; Rana, B


    We receive around 60 cases of hepatic abscess in a year. The commonest diagnosis reached at the time of discharge is amoebic liver abscess. The diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess is mostly presumptive and thus the patients are usually given a mixed treatment with injection ceftriaxone and tablet metronidazole. Here we report three cases of hepatic abscess diagnosed recently, where ascariasis was the probable etiology. Ascariasis may be a much commoner cause of hepatic abscesses in this region than we think.

  19. Rapidly Progressive Gas-containing Lumbar Spinal Epidural Abscess. (United States)

    Bang, Jin Hyuk; Cho, Keun-Tae


    Gas-containing (emphysematous) infections of the abdomen, pelvis, and extremities are well-known disease entities, which can potentially be life-threatening. They require aggressive medical and often surgical treatment. In the neurosurgical field, some cases of gas-containing brain abscess and subdural empyema have been reported. Sometimes they progress rapidly and even can cause fatal outcome. However, gas-containing spinal epidural abscess has been rarely reported and clinical course is unknown. We report on a case of rapidly progressive gas-containing lumbar spinal epidural abscess due to Enterococcus faecalis in a 72-year-old male patient with diabetes mellitus.

  20. Brain abscess caused by Citrobacter koseri infection in an adult. (United States)

    Liu, Heng-Wei; Chang, Chih-Ju; Hsieh, Cheng-Ta


    Citrobacter koseri is a gram-negative bacillus that causes mostly meningitis and brain abscesses in neonates and infants. However, brain abscess caused by Citrobacter koseri infection in an adult is extremely rare, and only 2 cases have been described. Here, we reported a 73-year-old male presenting with a 3-week headache. A history of diabetes mellitus was noted. The images revealed a brain abscess in the left frontal lobe and pus culture confirmed the growth of Citrobacter koseri. The clinical symptoms improved completely postoperatively.

  1. Injection site abscess due to mycobacterium fortuitum: A case report

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    Devi DR


    Full Text Available Injection abscess is an iatrogenic infection occurring as an isolated case or as cluster outbreak. These infections occur due to contaminated injectables or lapse in sterilisation protocol. While pathogens such as Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, E. coli, and S. aureus are the usual causative agents, unusual organisms such as mycobacteria, particularly the rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM may cause the abscess. The chances of overlooking these organisms is high unless an acid fast bacilli (AFB smear and culture is done on all aspirated pus specimens. We report a case of a three year old child who presented with a gluteal abscess following an intramuscular infection with an unknown preparation.

  2. Pancreatic abscess following scrub typhus associated with multiorgan failure

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    Sun Young Yi; Jung Hyun Tae


    Clinical severity of scrub typhus ranges from mild to fatal. Acute pancreatitis with abscess formation is a rare complication among patients with scrub typhus. This paper reports a case of scrub typhus in a 75 years old man with acute pancreatitis with abscess formation and multiorgan failure. Abdominal computed tomography showed multiple infected pancreatic pseudocysts with peri-pancreatic infiltration. Multiorgan failure was successfully treated with doxycycline, ceftriaxone, and supportive management. The pancreatic abscess was successfully drained percutaneously and the sizes of pseudocysts decreased remarkably.

  3. Tuberculous splenic abscess in a neonate with thrombocytopenia

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    Amodio, John; Biskup, Darius; Rivera, Rafael; Fefferman, Nancy [New York University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, NY (United States); Shah, Shetal [New York University Medical Center, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Avenue, NY (United States)


    We present a case of a premature neonate who presented with anemia and persistent thrombocytopenia. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with disseminated tuberculosis. Initial sonographic evaluation of the abdomen revealed a heterogeneous but predominately hypoechoic spleen; there was subsequent evolution of a splenic abscess. The patient was treated medically with anti-tubercular drugs. Follow-up post-treatment sonograms of the spleen showed diminution of the abscess and the evolution of multiple calcifications compatible with calcified granulomas. This case is an unusual presentation of tuberculosis in an infant with splenic abscess associated with thrombocytopenia and anemia. (orig.)

  4. Liver abscess associated with an oral flora bacterium Streptococcus anginosus

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    Hava Yılmaz


    Full Text Available Viridans group Streptococcus, a bacterium of the oral flora has a low-virulence and rarely causes liver abscess. A 40-yearoldmale patient was admitted to the hospital complaining of high fever and malaise. A physical examination revealedpoor oral hygiene; there were caries on many teeth, and he had hepatomegaly. A hepatic abscess was identified inhis abdominal tomography. Streptococcus anginosus was isolated from the drainage material, and the bile ducts werenormal in his MRI cholangiography. An immunocompetent case of liver abscess caused by Streptococcus anginosusoriginated most probably from oral flora is presented here. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 2(1:33-35

  5. [Primary psoas abscess in a young healthy male

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    Nassehi, D.; Galbo, H.; Skovsgaard, F.


    A young male saw his general practitioner because of lower back pain, limpness, nightly sweating, subfebrilia, and weight loss. Further diagnostics showed that he had a primary psoas abscess. Psoas abscesses are categorized as primary and secondary. Primary psoas abscess is a rare disease in Europe...... and North America. It is primarily seen in young men, and the classical symptom-triad is: fever, back pain, and limpness. The golden standard diagnostic tool is computed tomography, and treatment involves appropriate antibiotics, which can be combined with percutaneous drainage Udgivelsesdato: 2008/11/24...

  6. Wandering biliary ascariasis with hepatic abscess in a postmenopausal woman. (United States)

    Nahar, N; Khan, N; Islam, S M; Chakraborty, R K; Rima, S Z; Alam, M N; Roy, A S


    Hepatobiliary ascariasis is common in developing countries where there is a low standard of public health and hygiene. We are reporting a rare case of ascariasis which induced multiple liver abscesses in a post menopausal woman who presented with fever, anorexia, nausea, vomiting and mild hepatomegaly. Ultrasonography revealed biliary ascariasis with multiple hepatic abscesses. Laparoscopic drainage of hepatic abscesses was done and microscopic examination of drainage materials showed decorticated eggs of Ascaris Lumbricoides. The post operative recovery of the patient was uneventful. Ultrasonography is a reliable modality to diagnose and follow up of such cases.

  7. Renal abscess with Morganella morganii complicating leukemoid reaction. (United States)

    Osanai, Shinobu; Nakata, Hiroaki; Ishida, Kensuke; Hiramatsu, Mie; Toyoshima, Eri; Ogasa, Toshiyuki; Ohsaki, Yoshinobu; Kikuchi, Kenjiro


    We report a case of leukemoid reaction (LR) complicating renal abscess caused by Morganella morganii infection in an 80-year-old man. On administration, laboratory tests revealed white blood cell count of 76160 /microL and C reactive protein 3.09 mg/dL. Although chronic myeloid leukemia was suspected, bcr/abl fusion transcript was not observed. Contrast enhanced computer tomography imaging of the abdomen showed abscess in the right kidney. M. morganii was detected repeatedly in material of liquid from the abscess and arterial blood culture. To our knowledge, this is the first case of M. morganii infection complicating LR.

  8. Escherichia coli Eyelid Abscess in a Patient with Alcoholic Cirrhosis

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    Matthew Stratton


    Full Text Available Escherichia coli (E. coli is a rare cause of ocular infections and has not yet been reported as a cause of an ocular abscess. We describe the case of a 47-year-old woman with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis who presented with painful left lower eyelid swelling that did not improve with oral antibiotics. The abscess was drained and cultures were positive for E. coli. Patients with cirrhosis are at increased risk for developing E. coli bacterial infections, but to our knowledge this is the first case of an E. coli eyelid abscess reported in the literature.

  9. Residual amoebic liver abscess in a prospective renal transplant recipient

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    Ashish V Choudhrie


    Full Text Available Amoebic liver abscess (ALA is by far the most common extraintestinal manifestation of invasive amoebiasis. The vast majority of these resolve with treatment; however, a small percentage of the treated ALAs are known to persist asymptomatically. Herein, we present a prospective renal allograft recipient with a residual liver abscess who had a successful renal transplant after treatment. In our opinion, persistence of a radiological finding of residual abscess in the absence of clinical disease does not appear to be a contraindication to renal transplantation.

  10. Brodie's abscess of the ulna caused by Salmonella typhi. (United States)

    Ip, K C; Lam, Y L; Chang, Robert Y P


    Osteomyelitis caused by Salmonella typhi is rare in patients with no haemoglobinopathies or other diseases causing immunosuppression. Brodie's abscess is a special variety of subacute or chronic osteomyelitis. An otherwise healthy woman who presented with forearm swelling for 6 months was diagnosed with a Brodie's abscess of the ulna caused by Salmonella typhi. Magnetic resonance imaging and a computed tomography-guided needle biopsy were performed. She was later found to be a Salmonella carrier. The Brodie's abscess was treated by surgical debridement and a course of antibiotics. The clinical, radiological, and management aspects of the disease are discussed.

  11. Spinal epidural abscess treated with antibiotics alone. (United States)

    Pathak, Ashish; Singh, Poonam; Gehlot, Prateek; Dhaneria, Mamta


    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare clinical condition among children. Most patients do not present with classical signs. A 13-year-old boy without any predisposing factors presented with paraparesis, bladder and bowel involvement. MRI spine demonstrated an SEA at the C7 and D1 levels on both sides of the midline with cord oedema at the C2-3 to C6 level with minimal marrow oedema in the C6 vertebral body. We treated the patient with antibiotics (ceftriaxone and vancomycin) alone. The patient showed excellent response with only minimal residual gait disturbance at the end of 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy. This is the first paediatric report of complete recovery of a patient at clinical stage 4 following antibiotic treatment alone from India. However, caution should be exercised to closely monitor the patient's recovery as any progression in the neurological state warrants surgery.

  12. CT evaluation of primary epiphyseal bone abscesses

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    Azouz, E.M. (Dept. of Radiology, McGill Univ., Montreal Children' s Hospital, PQ (Canada)); Greenspan, A. (Dept. of Radiology, California Univ., Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA (United States)); Marton, D. (Dept. of Radiology, Montreal Univ., Hopital Ste Justine, PQ (Canada))


    We reviewed the clinical, radiographic, and computed tomographic (CT) findings in eight children with a histologically proven diagnosis of epiphyseal or apophyseal osteomyelitis. In all cases the femur was involved: in five the osteomyelitis was localized in the femoral condyle, in two it was in the greater trochanter, and in one it was in the femoral head epiphysis. In four of the six cases of epiphyseal involvement there was associated joint effusion or septic arthritis. CT examination may demonstrate a serpentine tract, a sequestrum, cortical destruction or adjacent soft tissue swelling and can differentiate osteomyelitis from other epiphyseal lucent lesions, particularly chondroblastoma and osteoid osteoma. Early diagnosis helps avoid delays in initiating antibiotic or surgical treatment caused by the unusual (epiphyseal or apophyseal) location of the bone abscess. (orig./GD)

  13. Preseptal Cellulitis, Orbital Cellulitis, Orbital Abscess

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    Rana Altan Yaycıoğlu


    Full Text Available Patients with orbital infections present to our clinic usually with unilateral pain, hyperemia, and edema of the eyelids. The differentiation between preseptal and orbital cellulitis is utmost important in that the second requires hospitalization. Since in orbital cellulitis, the tissues posterior to the orbital septum are involved, signs such as conjunctival chemosis, limited eye movement, decreased vision, as well as afferent pupil defect secondary to optic nerve involvement may also be observed. Prompt intravenous antibiotic treatment should be started, and surgical drainage may be performed if patient shows failure to improve in 48 hours despite optimal management. Without treatment, the clinical course may progress to subperiosteal or orbital abscess, and even to cavernous sinus thrombosis. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2012; 42: Supplement 52-6

  14. An Unusual Cause of Renal and Perirenal Abscesses: Candida albicans

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    Full Text Available A 42-year-old female with history of surgery due to urolithiasis was admitted to hospital with complaints of fever, left fl ank pain and vomiting. She was found to have acute kidney injury due to urinary tract infection. Abdominal computed tomography revealed right atrophic kidney and left renal and perirenal abscesses together with urolithiasis. Urine, blood and abscess cultures yielded C. albicans. The patient was treated with fl uconazole and percutaneous drainage of the perirenal abscess, which was 60 mm in diameter. Her serum creatinine returned to the normal ranges within two weeks of hospitalization. Nearly 18 months following this presentation, she has normal serum creatinine and no abscesses in the kidneys.

  15. [Breast abscess with Salmonella typhi and review of the literature]. (United States)

    Delori, M; Abgueguen, P; Chennebault, J-M; Pichard, E; Fanello, S


    We report the case of a 54-year-old woman who presented with breast abscess, which appeared through a common alimentary toxi-infection with Salmonella Typhi, infection, which implied twelve patients having attended the same restaurant. With around hundred native cases a year in France, typhoid fever is not a very frequent toxi-infection. Among the known extra-intestinal manifestations of Salmonella infections, the breast abscess remains rare and the literature revealed less than ten published cases, including some revealed the disease. In our observation, the imputability of S. Typhi was retained based on the chronology of the clinical signs, specific treatments, and the successful outcome under antibiotherapy, in spite of the negativity of the breast abscess bacteriological samples. We also analyze rare cases of breast abscess due to S. Typhi found in the literature.

  16. Coexistence of Colon Cancer and Diverticilutis Complicated with Diverticular Abscess

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    Dursun Ozgur Karakas


    Full Text Available Coexistence of a diverticular abscess and colorectal cancer is an extremely rare phenomenon. The clinical presentation and the extension of a diverticular abscess could cause mis-staging of colon cancer. We are presenting an overstaged colon cancer due to a diverticular abscess penetrating into the abdominal wall. A 65-year-old male patient with a history of an enlarging mass in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen was admitted to our service. Diagnostic studies revealed a sigmoid tumor communicating with an abdominal wall mass. The patient was clinically staged as T4 N1. Exploration revealed a diverticular abscess penetrating into the abdominal wall and a sigmoid tumor. Histopathological examination reported an intermediately differentiated T3 N0 adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon. After an uneventful postoperative recovery, the patient was referred to chemotherapy. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2015; 4(4.000: 231-233


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    郭增柱; 王正仪; 安亦军; 祝宏


    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been applied in diagnosing amebic liver infection by detecting pathogenic Entamoeba histolytica DNA in liver aspirates. Oligonucleotide primers found to he specific for the gene encoding the 30 kDa molecule of this pathogenic ameba were used in the test. Liver aspirates obtained from 23 patients with amebic liver abscess substantiated by typical clinical rnanifastation or with very high titres of anti-E histtolytica antibodies by ELISA were found to he positive by PCR. Fourteen controlsamples (3 cases of bacterial liver abscess, I of liver cancer and 10 of other abscess) were all found to be negative to this reaction. The results suggested PCR to he a specific and sensitive tool for diagnosing amebic liver abscess infections.

  18. Anterior sacral meningocoele presenting as a peri-anal abscess. (United States)

    Buxton, N; Bassi, S; Firth, J


    Anterior sacral meningoceole is a rare occurrence and presentation as a perianal abscess has not been previously reported. The case is presented and the condition discussed. The potential risks of failing to establish the diagnosis, prior to surgery, are outlined.

  19. [Intracranial epidural abscess in a newborn secondary to skin catheter]. (United States)

    Fernández, L M; Domínguez, J; Callejón, A; López, S; Pérez-Avila, A; Martín, V


    Intracranial epidural abscesses are uncommon lesions, being more frequents in older children and adults. They commonly arise as a result of direct extension of a preexisting infection and rarely present with focal deficit. We present a case of a 11-days old preterm infant who developed an intracranial epidural abscess as a result of an infected scalp vein catheter. The diagnosis was made on the basis of the cranial ultrasound and CT scan images. An identified strain of Enterococcus faecium was cultured from all the samples. The patient underwent a right frontal craniotomy with drainage of the abscess and a 2-week total course of intravenous antibiotics was administrated. CT scan imaging 3 week after the procedure demonstrated no evidence of residual lesion. When present, a scalp vein catheter, in absence of others predisponing factors, must be considered as an etiologic agent for an intracranial epidural abscess in this age-group.

  20. Masticator space abscess in a 47-day-old infant

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    Eunhee Kim


    Full Text Available A 47-day-old male infant presented with fever, poor oral intake, irritability, and right-sided bluish buccal swelling. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the neck showed a round mass lesion of about 2.0¡¿1.5 cm that suggested abscess formation in the right masticator space. Ultrasound-guided extraoral aspiration of the abscess at the right masseter muscle was successful. Staphylococcus aureus was identified in the culture from the aspirated pus and blood. Appropriate antibiotics were given and the patient recovered. The patient underwent follow-up ultrasonography that showed an improved state of the previously observed right masseter muscle swelling at about 1 month after hospital discharge. A masticator space abscess usually originates from an odontogenic infection in adults. We report a case of masticator space abscess in a 47-day-old infant in whom septicemia without odontogenic infection was suspected.

  1. Ultrasound-guided drainage of deep pelvic abscesses

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    Lorentzen, Torben; Nolsøe, Christian; Skjoldbye, Bjørn


    The aim of this study was to demonstrate and evaluate the ultrasound-guided drainage of deep pelvic abscesses in which transabdominal percutaneous access could not be performed because of overlying structures. A retrospective analysis of 32 consecutive patients with 33 deep pelvic abscesses...... (median diameter 7 cm), 19 were treated with catheter drainage and 18 of these cases resulted in favorable clinical outcomes. Of the smaller abscesses (median diameter 4 cm), 14 were treated with needle drainage. In two of these cases, follow-up US showed that a repeat puncture and drainage was necessary...... and the subsequent in-dwelling catheter period, there were no serious complications related to the drainage procedures. We conclude that ultrasound-guided transrectal, transvaginal, transperineal and transgluteal drainage of deep pelvic abscesses are safe and effective treatment approaches. Based on our findings...

  2. Subperiosteal abscess in a child. Trueta's osteomyelitis hypothesis undermined? (United States)

    Weenders, S G M; Janssen, N E; Landman, G W D; van den Berg, F P


    Subperiosteal abscess formation is almost exclusively seen secondary to underlying hematogenous infected osteomyelitis or secondary as a result of a contagious focus. We present an unusual case of a 9-year-old girl with progressive ankle pain due to an isolated subperiosteal abscess of the distal fibula without concomitant osteomyelitis. The subperiosteal abscess was most likely caused by hematogenous spread to the periosteal region of the distal fibula located above the highly vascularized metaphysis. Remarkably, there were no signs of osteomyelitis on either MRI or during surgical inspection. She was successfully treated with debridement and antibiotic therapy. We hypothesize that subperiosteal abscess formation near the metaphysis originates in the periosteal region and not from outward extension from the sinusoidal veins in the intrametaphyseal area to the cortex and subperiosteal region.

  3. Brodie's abscess of the cuboid in a pediatric male. (United States)

    Agarwal, Sharat; Akhtar, Mohammad Nasim; Bareh, Jerryson


    Brodie's abscess of the tarsal cuboid is a rare presentation of a common disease. In the present report, we describe the case of Brodie's abscess of the tarsal cuboid after a thorn prick in the foot of a 10-year-old boy. The patient was asymptomatic in the acute phase of the injury, and on presentation, no evidence was found of an open cutaneous wound. The foot radiographs showed a cavitary osteolytic lesion in the cuboid bone. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a classic penumbra sign and an abscess in the plantar intrinsic musculature. The patient was treated with curettage and debridement combined with broad-spectrum antibiotics, which resulted in complete resolution of the symptoms by 6 weeks postoperatively. Although microbiologic analysis of the surgical specimen failed to reveal a causative microorganism, histopathologic inspection showed chronic inflammation, consistent with Brodie's abscess.

  4. Diabetes mellitus and spinal epidural abscess: clinical or surgical treatment? (United States)

    Felício, João S; Martins, Carlliane Lins P; Liberman, Bernardo


    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon condition and its most important predisposing factor is diabetes mellitus. Although the treatment of choice is prompt surgical abscess evacuation, followed by antibiotic therapy, successful conservative treatment of SEA has been reported in some cases. We describe a SEA case in a 23-year old white woman with diabetes for 14 years, who was successfully treated only with antibiotics, and achieved full recovery at the fourth month of follow-up.

  5. Cervical abscess and pharyngeal fistula in a horse. (United States)

    Scott, E A


    A weanling Quarter Horse filly developed ventral swelling of the lower cervical area after difficult passage of a stomach tube for deworming. Intermittent bilateral nasal discharge developed. Radiography revealed fluid and gas density dorsal to the trachea and esophagus. Surgical incision with drainage and debridement of the abscess and fistulous tract, facilitated by use of drains, led to complete recovery. Contrast medium injected after surgery demonstrated a communication between the abscess and the pharyngeal region.

  6. A case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia

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    Takeshi Kusunoki


    Full Text Available We report a case of retropharyngeal abscess with spondylitis causing tetraplegia. At a previous hospital, administration of antibiotics improved the inflammation findings. However, magnetic resonace imaging showed a remaining retropharyngeal abscess. This patient showed a disturbance of consciousness under this therapy. Therefore, he was admitted to our hospital and underwent a drainage operation. At 1 day after this operation, he recovered from the disturbance of consciousness.

  7. Liver abscesses with pyopericardium: Laparoscopic management in a preterm neonate

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    Ravishankaran Praveen


    Full Text Available We report a 28-day-old neonate presenting with signs of fever, abdominal distension, and refusal to feed. The baby was diagnosed to have multiple liver abscesses which ruptured and a tract lead to the pericardium resulting in a pyo-pericardium. Laparoscopic drainage of the abscess cavities and the pyo-pericardium was performed. An extensive search of the literature revealed that this case is the youngest one to have undergone such simultaneous laparoscopic drainage.

  8. [Acute cholangitis secondary to ascariasis and complicated by liver abscesses]. (United States)

    Rakotonaivo, A; Ranoharison, H D; Razarimahefa, S H; Rakotozafindrabe, R; Rabenjanahary, T H; Ramanampamonjy, R M


    Acute cholangitis secondary to ascariasis is rare and occurs mainly in areas of high endemicity. The clinical presentation is non-specific, sometimes complicated by liver abscess. Abdominal ultrasound plays an important role in diagnosis and therapeutic surveillance. We report the case of a 35-year-old Malagasy woman with an acute cholangitis secondary to ascariasis and complicated by liver abscesses and its course to full recovery under medical treatment.

  9. Isolated Aspergillosis Myocardial Abscesses in a Liver-Transplant Patient

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    Kim-Diêp Dang-Tran


    Full Text Available Cardiac abscess is an uncommon and fatal complication after transplantation. We report a case of an initially isolated aspergillosis myocardial abscess diagnosed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI. At that time, there was no other biological evidence or other extracardiac manifestations. A three-month course of dual antifungal therapy followed by a single antifungal therapy was empirically given. Six month after admission, Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated for the first time and the patient deceased from a disseminated aspergillosis.

  10. Brucellar spondylodiscitis: comparison of patients with and without abscesses. (United States)

    Kaptan, Figen; Gulduren, Hakki Mustafa; Sarsilmaz, Aysegul; Sucu, Hasan Kamil; Ural, Serap; Vardar, Ilknur; Coskun, Nejat Ali


    Brucellosis is an important cause of spondylodiscitis in endemic areas. Brucellar spondylodiscitis is a serious complication because of its association with abscess formation. Prospective studies comparing patients with and without abscesses are lacking. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency and demographic, clinical, laboratory, and radiological features of brucellar spondylodiscitis and to compare patients with and without abscesses regarding treatment and outcome. Out of 135 consecutive patients with brucellosis, 31 patients with spondylodiscitis were recruited for the study. Patients were grouped according to magnetic resonance imaging findings. The frequency of spondylodiscitis was 23.0 %. Sites of involvement were lumbar (58.1 %), lumbosacral (22.6 %), cervical (9.7 %), thoracolumbar (6.5 %), and thoracic (3.2 %). Abscesses occurred in 19 (61.3 %) patients and were associated with low hemoglobin levels. Medical treatment included a combination of streptomycin (for the first 3 weeks), doxycycline, and rifampin. The total duration of treatment was 12-39 (mean 17.0 ± 8.5 SD) weeks. By 12 weeks of treatment, evidence of clinical improvement (67 vs. 28 %) and radiological regression (92 vs. 50 %) was significantly greater in patients without abscesses. The duration of treatment was longer if an abscess was present. Two female patients with abscesses required surgical intervention. Both patients presented with high fever, neurologic deficit, and high Brucella standard tube agglutination test titers. Each patient should be evaluated individually, based on clinical findings, laboratory data, and radiological results, when undergoing treatment for brucellar spondylodiscitis. If abscesses are found, a longer course of treatment and even surgical intervention may be needed.

  11. Epiglottitis with an abscess caused by Haemophilus parainfluenzae

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    Juul, Marie Louise; Johansen, Helle Krogh; Homøe, Preben


    A healthy 23-year-old man was admitted under the diagnosis of acute epiglottitis. Flexible fiber laryngoscopic examination showed a swollen epiglottis with an abscess. Microbiologic swab showed Haemophilus parainfluenzae, non-haemolytic Streptococcus and non-haemolytic Streptococcus salivarius....... Only in 1984 a case of acute epiglottitis due to H. parainfluenzae has been described in the literature. Still, in this case we think that H. parainfluenzae was the most likely pathogen causing the abscess....

  12. Brain abscess associated with ethmoidal sinus osteoma: A case report

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    Hiroaki Nagashima


    Full Text Available Osteoma of the paranasal sinus is uncommon, and the occurrence of brain abscess associated with ethmoidal osteoma is particularly rare. We report here a case of a brain abscess complicating an ethmoidal osteoma in a 68-year-old man who presented with high-grade fever and disturbance in the level of consciousness. Computed tomography scanning and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a ring-enhancing mass in the left frontal lobe with surrounding edema and a bony mass in the ethmoidal sinus. We scheduled a two-stage operation. First, emergency aspiration and drainage of the abscess via the forehead were performed to reduce the abscess volume. These were followed by a left frontal craniotomy to totally remove both the brain abscess and the bony mass. The bony mass had breached the dura mater. After removing the bony mass, we repaired the anterior skull base using a pericranial flap. Pathological findings of the bony tumor were consistent with osteoma. The postoperative course was uneventful. In the case of a huge brain abscess associated with an ethmoidal osteoma, volume reduction by drainage followed by surgical removal of both lesions may help to control infection and achieve a cure. Use of a vascularized pericranial flap is important to prevent direct communication between the paranasal sinuses and the cranial cavity.

  13. Brain Abscesses Associated with Asymptomatic Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistulas (United States)

    Nam, Taek-Kyun; Park, Yong-sook; Kwon, Jeong-taik


    Brain abscess commonly occurs secondary to an adjacent infection (mostly in the middle ear or paranasal sinuses) or due to hematogenous spread from a distant infection or trauma. Pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are abnormal direct communications between the pulmonary artery and vein. We present two cases of brain abscess associated with asymptomatic pulmonary AVF. A 65-year-old woman was admitted with a headache and cognitive impairment that aggravated 10 days prior. An magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed a brain abscess with severe edema in the right frontal lobe. We performed a craniotomy and abscess removal. Bacteriological culture proved negative. Her chest computed tomography (CT) showed multiple AVFs. Therapeutic embolization of multiple pulmonary AVFs was performed and antibiotics were administered for 8 weeks. A 45-year-old woman presented with a 7-day history of progressive left hemiparesis. She had no remarkable past medical history or family history. On admission, blood examination showed a white blood cell count of 6290 cells/uL and a high sensitive C-reactive protein of 2.62 mg/L. CT and MR imaging with MR spectroscopy revealed an enhancing lesion involving the right motor and sensory cortex with marked perilesional edema that suggested a brain abscess. A chest CT revealed a pulmonary AVF in the right upper lung. The pulmonary AVF was obliterated with embolization. There needs to consider pulmonary AVF as an etiology of cerebral abscess when routine investigations fail to detect a source. PMID:28061502

  14. Microbiology and management of peritonsillar, retropharyngeal, and parapharyngeal abscesses. (United States)

    Brook, Itzhak


    This review describes the microbiology, diagnosis, and management of peritonsillar, retropharyngeal, and parapharyngeal abscesses in children. Predominant anaerobic organisms isolated in peritonsillar, lateral pharyngeal, and retropharyngeal abscesses are Prevotella, Porphyromonas, Fusobacterium and Peptostreptococcus spp.; aerobic organisms are group A streptococcus ( Streptococcus pyogenes ), Staphylococcus aureus and Haemophilus influenzae . Anaerobic bacteria can be isolated from most abscesses whenever appropriate techniques for their cultivation have been used, while S. pyogenes is isolated in only about one third of cases. More than two thirds of deep neck abscesses contain beta-lactamase producing organisms. Management of tonsillar, peritonsillar, and retropharyngeal abscesses is similar. Systemic antimicrobial therapy should be given in large doses whenever the diagnosis is made. However, when pus is formed, antimicrobial therapy is effective only in conjunction with adequate surgical drainage. Untreated abscesses can rupture spontaneously into the pharynx, causing catastrophic aspiration. Other complications are extension of infection laterally to the side of the neck or dissection into the posterior mediastinum through facial planes and the prevertebral space. Death can occur from aspiration, airway obstruction, erosion into major blood vessels, or extension to the mediastinum.

  15. Conservative management of post-appendicectomy intra-abdominal abscesses

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    Dhaou Mahdi


    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose Appendicitis is the most common abdominal inflammatory process in children which were sometimes followed by complications including intra-abdominal abscess. This later needs classically a surgical drainage. We evaluated the efficacy of antibiotic treatment and surgical drainage. Methods Hospital records of children treated in our unit for intra-abdominal post appendectomy abscesses over a 6 years period were reviewed retrospectively. Results This study investigates a series of 14 children from 2 to 13 years of age with one or many abscesses after appendectomy, treated between 2002 and 2007. Seven underwent surgery and the others were treated with triple antibiotherapy. The two groups were comparable. For the 7 patients who receive medical treatment alone, it was considered efficient in 6 cases (85% with clinical, biological and radiological recovery of the abscess. There was one failure (14%. The duration of hospitalization from the day of diagnosis of intra-abdominal abscess was approximately 10.28 days (range 7 to 14 days. In the other group, the efficacy of treatment was considered satisfactory in all cases. The duration of hospitalization was about 13 days (range: 9 to 20. Conclusion Compared to surgical drainage, antibiotic management of intra-abdominal abscesses was a no invasive treatment with shorter hospitalization.

  16. Treatment of bacterial brain abscess by repeated aspiration. Follow up by serial computed tomography

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    Yamamoto, Masaaki; Fukushima, Takeo; Hirakawa, Katsuyuki; Kimura, Hideo; Tomonaga, Masamichi [Fukuoka Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine


    Bacterial brain abscess often requires repeated aspiration before the abscess finally resolves. However, there are no guidelines for treatment by aspiration; for example, when should the abscess be tapped again, or when can an abscess be treated by antibiotics alone without further aspiration. Eleven patients with bacterial brain abscess treated by aspiration were evaluated to establish treatment guidelines for brain abscess, in particular the abscess size on serial computed tomography (CT) after aspiration. CT was performed about 24 hours after aspiration to evaluate the size of the abscess, and almost weekly during follow up. The diameter of the brain abscess before and after the initial and last aspirations were reviewed. In eight of the 11 patients, abscesses were aspirated repeatedly: two to three times in most patients. The diameter of the abscesses was 2.5-4.5 cm (mean 3.5 cm) before the last aspiration, and 1.4-3.4 cm (mean 2.3 cm) after the last aspiration, or when continuous drainage was discontinued. Perifocal edema was moderately decreased within 3 weeks after the last aspiration by medical treatment alone, with a concomitant decrease in the volume of the abscess. There were no deaths, and most patients had a favorable outcome. These results suggest that after the diameter of the abscess becomes less than 2 to 3 cm and does not increase anymore on serial CT, medical treatment alone can be anticipated to give satisfactory results without further aspiration. (author)

  17. [Abscess, fistula and occlusion of colonic diverticulosis]. (United States)

    Bouillot, J L


    Diverticular disease is generally benign but may be serious in case of septic complications. The most common complication of acute diverticulitis is development of an abscess which can be located around the colon or in the pelvis. The diagnosis can be clinically suspected in case of non-response to medical management of severe acute diverticulitis. Confirmation is obtained by conventional radiographic examinations and computerized tomography. This condition can be safely treated by percutaneous catheter drainage associated to antibiotics followed by an elective delayed single-stage operation without colostomy. Fistula occurs in 20% of the patients who undergo surgery for diverticular disease. Colovesical fistula is the most common type of spontaneous internal fistula. Routine evaluation may raise the suspicion of complication. Surgical management requires colonic resection and primary anastomosis. Complete obstruction secondary to diverticular disease is uncommon and generally resolves with conservative management. However, some degree of ileus is frequent secondary to inflammatory changes of diverticulitis but should imperatively be differentiated from ileus observed in case of generalized peritonitis.

  18. Amoebic liver abscess production by Entamoeba dispar. (United States)

    Dolabella, Silvio S; Serrano-Luna, Jesús; Navarro-García, Fernando; Cerritos, René; Ximénez, Cecilia; Galván-Moroyoqui, José Manuel; Silva, Edward F; Tsutsumi, Víctor; Shibayama, Mineko


    Although Entamoeba dispar displays a similar morphology to Entamoeba histolytica, cellular and molecular studies have revealed significant differences between these two amoebae, including the former being characterized as non-pathogenic and the later as pathogenic. However, recent in vivo and in vitro experiments have shown that E. dispar strains of different origin are capable of causing liver damage and destroying cell culture lines in the presence of common intestinal bacteria. These results suggested that E. dispar may present pathogenic behavior according to the specific E. dispar strain, culture and environmental conditions. To investigate this possibility, we carried out in vivo and in vitro studies using a xenic strain E. dispar (ICB-ADO) isolated from a symptomatic non-dysenteric Brazilian patient. This strain was able to induce liver necrosis in a hamster model that was more severe than that produced by E. histolytica. The ICB-ADO isolate also caused significantly more destruction of cultured MDCK cells and increased loss of transepithelial resistance than did the E. histolytica. Xenic E. dispar exhibited high proteolytic activity, which was partially inhibited by the addition of cysteine-protease inhibitors. Based on our biochemical and molecular characterization of E. dispar (ICB-ADO) xenic culture and its ability to produce liver abscesses, we conclude that this specific strain can indeed produce tissue damage, distinct from the frequently used non- pathogenic E. dispar SAW 760 strain.

  19. Rare and Serious Complications of Sinusitis in Pediatric Patients: Epidural Abscess. (United States)

    Sade, Recep; Polat, Gökhan


    Intracranial abscess has serious mortality. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is important. Intracranial abscess is rarely seen as a complication of sinusitis. Specially in children it has been reported rarely. Fever and headache can indicate complications in children.

  20. Epidural abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri in a pregnant woman

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    Bearman Gonzalo


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacteria in the Streptococcus milleri group (S. anginosus, S. constellatus, and S. intermedius are associated with bacteremia and abscess formation. While most reports of Streptococcus milleri group (SMG infection occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, SMG infections during pregnancy have been documented. However, SMG infections in pregnant women are associated with either neonatal or maternal puerperal sepsis. Albeit rare, S. milleri spinal-epidural abscess in pregnancy has been reported, always as a complication of spinal-epidural anesthesia. We report a case of spinal-epidural abscess caused by SMG in a young, pregnant woman without an antecedent history of spinal epidural anesthesia and without any underlying risk factors for invasive streptococcal disease. Case presentation A 25 year old pregnant woman developed neurological symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression at 20 weeks gestation. She underwent emergency laminectomy for decompression and was treated with ceftriaxone 2 gm IV daily for 28 days. She was ambulatory at the time of discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation unit with residual lower extremity weakness. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a Streptococcus milleri epidural abscess in a healthy, pregnant woman with no history of epidural anesthesia or invasive procedures. This report adds to the body of literature on SMG invasive infections. Treatment of SMG spinal-epidural abscess with neurologic manifestations should include prompt and aggressive surgical decompression coupled with targeted anti-infective therapy.

  1. Late evolution retropharyngeal abscess after ingestion of foreign body

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    Imamura, Rui


    Full Text Available Introduction: The complications relating to the ingestion of foreign bodies, such as retropharyngeal abscess, are of low prevalence, but potentially severe. Objective: To present one case of late evolution retropharyngeal abscess after ingestion of foreign body. Case Report: Female patient presenting with dysphagia, pain upon cervical motion and sensation of foreign body in the pharynx, about one month after removal of foreign body from the level of the cricopharyngeal muscle. In spite of not having fever or leukocytosis, due to the slight difficulty for cervical move and loss of the laryngeal crepitation, simple radiography and computed tomography were carried out in the neck, which showed signs of retropharyngeal abscess. Surgical draining of the abscess and antibiotic therapy led to good evolution of the case and symptoms reversion. Conclusion: The retropharyngeal abscess may occur during several weeks after ingestion of a foreign body. The absence of fever and leukocytosis does not exclude the diagnosis even in immunocompetent patients. A high degree of suspicion leads to the performance of diagnostic exams and suitable procedures.

  2. Healed perivalvular abscess: Incidental finding on transthoracic echocardiography

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    Vishnu Datt


    Full Text Available A 36-year-old male patient presented with the complaints of palpitations and breathlessness. Preoperative transthoracic echocardiography (TTE revealed a bicuspid aortic valve; severe aortic regurgitation with dilated left ventricle (LV and mild LV systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction 50%. He was scheduled to undergo aortic valve replacement. History was not suggestive of infective endocarditis (IE. Preoperative TTE did not demonstrate any aortic perivalvular abscess. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE examination using the mid-esophageal (ME long-axis view, showed an abscess cavity affecting the aortic valve, which initially was assumed to be a dissection flap, but later confirmed to be an abscess cavity by color Doppler examination. The ME aortic valve short-axis view showed two abscesses; one was at the junction of the non-coronary and left coronary commissure and the other one above the right coronary cusp. Intraoperatively, these findings were confirmed by the surgeons. The case report demonstrates the superiority of TEE over TTE in diagnosing perivalvular abscesses.

  3. Splenic abscess owing to cancer at the splenic flexure (United States)

    Awotar, Gavish K.; Luo, Fuwen; Zhao, Zhengdong; Guan, Guoxin; Ning, Shili; Ren, Jinshuai; Liu, Yaqing; Wang, Guangzhi; Liu, Pixu


    Abstract Background: The cancer of the splenic flexure of the colon is a rare medical entity with severe morbidity because of its insidious onset. Methods: We present the case of a 59-year-old male patient with dull left upper quadrant pain, leukocytosis, and anemia. A splenic abscess described as an air-fluid level with splenocolic fistula was found on CT scan imaging. Surgery was done for splenic pus drainage. He was again admitted 2 months later for intestinal obstruction. Results: An exploratory laparotomy showed multiple hard, gray liver nodules as well as a hard mass in the small bowel. Owing to extensive adhesions and a late stage of cancer involvement, the splenic flexure tumor was not resected. A loop transverse colostomy was done and a ColoplastTM Colostomy bag placed. We also reviewed the literature-linking colon cancer and splenic abscess with specific attention to the carcinoma of the splenic flexure. As the latter invades through the spleen matter, there is the creation of a splenocolic fistula, which allows the migration of normal gut flora into the spleen. This leads to the formation of the splenic abscess. Conclusion: This is the 13th case report pertaining to invading colonic cancer causing a splenic abscess. Although the treatment for splenic abscesses is shifting from splenectomy to image-guided percutaneous pus drainage, the few reported cases make the proper management of such complication still unclear. PMID:27661050

  4. Percutaneous catheter drainage of intraabdominal abscesses and fluid

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    Lee, Jong Tae; Kwon, Tae Hee; Yoo, Hyung Sik; Suh, Jung Ho [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Ho [Cheil General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Percutaneous catheter drainage has been reported to be an effective method in the management of selected patients with abscess and fluid collection. Its high success rate and relatively low complications make the procedure an alternative to surgery in the individual cases. During past two years percutaneous catheter drainage in 25 patients with intraabdominal abscesses and fluid collection was performed at the Department of Radiology, Yonsei University College of medicine. Here the technique and author's results were summarized. 1. The total 25 patients who had percutaneous catheter drainage are 10 liver abscesses, 3 subphrenic, one subhepatic, 4 renal and perirenal, 2 pelvic, one psoas, one anterior pararenal fluid from acute pancreatitis, one pancreas pseudocyst and 2 malignant tumor necrosis. 2. The modified Seldinger technique used for all cases of abscess and fluid drainage under guidance of ultrasound scan. The used catheters were 10F. Pigtail and 14F. Malecot (Cook c/o) catheters. 3. The abscesses and fluid of 17 patients among 25 were cured by the percutaneous catheter drainage and 4 patients were clinically improved. The catheter drainage was failed in 2 patients and 3 complication were developed. 4. The success rate of this procedure was 91.3%, failure rate was 8.7% and complication rate was 12%.

  5. Giant retroperitoneal abscess following necrotizing pancreatitis treated with internal drainage

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    Ludmil Marinov Veltchev; Manol Anastasov Kalniev


    BACKGROUND: Retroperitoneal abscess is a dangerous complication of the inflammatory process in organs. The pancreas reacts by enzymatic autodigestion and inflammation to external and internal factors: alcohol abuse, trauma, biliary stones, and viral infections. Chronic pancreatitis and formation of pseudocysts are late complications. The diffuse spread of pancreatic inflammation may form a retroperitoneal phlegmon. A better outcome is the limitation of the process by capsule formation-retroperitoneal abscess. METHODS: A 62-year-old man, with a history of alcohol abuse, was admitted for intermittent abdominal pain, fever, and significant weight loss. Previous medical consultations (laboratory tests, US, CT) confirmed chronic pancreatitis with pseudocyst formation. A new CT depicted a giant retroperitoneal abscess. RESULTS: After preoperative preparation with antibiotics, laparotomy and internal drainage-longitudinal cystoje-junostomy with Roux-en-Y loop were performed. At the 8th postoperative day the patient was in good condition. CONCLUSIONS: Giant retroperitoneal abscess is a dangerous pathology with significant mortality and morbidity. Diagnosis strongly necessitates operative intervention in order to evacuate and drain the space. These conditions include one internal drainage (in the GI tract) with the stomach, duodenum, or jejunum, which does not cause early and late GI discomfort and will gradually liquidate the cavity. We propose internal drainage with Roux-en-Y jejunal loop as the only method for accomplishing these conditions in cases of giant retroperitoneal abscesses.

  6. Pyogenic liver abscess in beta-thalassemia major--report of two cases. (United States)

    Hwang, C F; Lee, C Y; Lee, P I; Chen, J M; Lli, K H; Lin, D T; Chang, M H


    Pyogenic liver abscess, which may lead to devastating consequences, is an uncommon medical problem in pediatrics and has generally been reported in compromised hosts. This article describes two patients with beta-thalassemia major and hemochromatosis complicated by Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess. One of the patients had severe complications, including subphrenic abscess, pleural effusion and meningitis. To present knowledge, the occurrence of K. pneumoniae liver abscess in patients with beta-thalassemia major has never before been reported in the literature.

  7. Spinal epidural abscess following glossectomy and neck dissection: A case report


    Esther Cheng; Eric Thorpe; Richard Borrowdale


    Introduction: Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon but potentially life threatening entity that rarely occurs after otolaryngology procedures. Presentation of case: We report a case of a diabetic patient who presented with a lumbar spinal epidural abscess eight days after head and neck oncologic surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an L4 spinal epidural abscess. Cultures from the spinal epidural abscess, blood, urine, and the previous neck incision grew Klebsiella pneumoniae. The...

  8. A case of odontogenic brain abscess arising from covert dental sepsis


    Clifton, TC; Kalamchi, S


    Odontogenic infections can spread to any organ of the body and in some cases cause life threatening infections. We report a case of multiple odontogenic brain abscesses resulting from undetected tooth decay. Whereas most odontogenic brain abscesses occur following dental treatment, this report documents brain abscesses prior to dental treatment, signifying the dangers of covert dental infections. This case report updates the literature on the topic of odontogenic brain abscesses.

  9. Aseptic Splenic Abscess as Precursory Extraintestinal Manifestation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Joel Brooks


    Full Text Available Splenic abscesses are most often secondary to aerobic bacterial infections due to Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Enterococcus species of organisms. Sterile splenic abscesses rarely occur and diagnosis and treatment of those are challenging. We report a case of a previously healthy young female presenting with aseptic splenic abscesses as the initial manifestation of Crohn’s disease along with a review of the literature on aseptic splenic abscess as an extraintestinal manifestation of Crohn’s disease.

  10. Evaluation of holmium laser for transurethral deroofing of severe and multiloculated prostatic abscesses


    Lee, Chan Ho; Ku, Ja Yoon; Park, Young Joo; Lee, Jeong Zoo; Shin, Dong Gil


    Purpose Our objective was to evaluate the use of a holmium laser for transurethral deroofing of a prostatic abscess in patients with severe and multiloculated prostatic abscesses. Materials and Methods From January 2011 to April 2014, eight patients who were diagnosed with prostatic abscesses and who underwent transurethral holmium laser deroofing at Pusan National University Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Results Multiloculated or multifocal abscess cavities were found on the preope...

  11. Iliacus abscess with radiculopathy mimicking herniated nucleus pulposus: Additional diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging. (United States)

    Kim, D H; Woo, S H; Lee, W J


    An iliacus abscess is an extremely rare cause of low back pain. With an iliacus abscess, the classical signs seen with a psoas abscess are frequently absent. Therefore, a timely diagnosis at the initial visit is difficult and inadequate treatment usually results in high mortality. Here, we report the case of 19-year-old man who presented with acute low back pain with radiculopathy and was ultimately diagnosed with an iliacus muscle abscess.

  12. Pyogenic liver abscess secondary to disseminated Streptococcus Anginosus from Sigmoid Diverticulitis

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    Shishir Murarka


    Full Text Available Pyogenic liver abscess secondary to dissemination from Sigmoid diverticulitis is rare. Streptococcus anginosus has been linked to abscesses but has been rarely reported from a Sigmoid diverticulitis source. We report a case of liver abscess in which the source was confounding but eventually was traced to Sigmoid diverticulitis on laparotomy.

  13. Recurrent amebic liver abscesses over a 16-year period: A case report

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    D. Creemers-Schild; P.J.J. van Genderen (Perry); L.G. Visser; J.J. van Hellemond (Jaap); P.J. Wismans (Pieter)


    textabstractBackground: Amebic liver abscess is a rare disease in high-income countries. Recurrence of amebic liver abscess is even rarer with only a few previous reports. Here we present a patient who developed three subsequent amebic liver abscesses over a sixteen-year period. Case presentation: A

  14. A new interventional technique for percutaneous treatment of drainage-resistant liver abscess

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    De Jong, K. P.; Prins, T. R.; Hofker, H. S.


    The objective of this case report is to describe a device that can be used as a minimally invasive alternative for the treatment of drainage-resistant liver abscess. The device uses pulse lavage to fragment and evacuate the semi-solid contents of a liver abscess. The treatment of liver abscesses con

  15. A left-sided periappendiceal abscess in an adult with intestinal malrotation

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    Min Ro Lee; Jong Hun Kim; Yong Hwang; Young Kon Kim


    Left-sided periappendiceal abscesses occur in association with two types of congenital anomaly: intestinal malrotation and situs inversus. It is difficult to obtain an accurate preoperative diagnosis of these abscesses due to the abnormal position of the appendix. We present an unusual case of a left-sided periappendiceal abscess in an adult with intestinal malrotation, the diagnosis of which was a challenge.

  16. Brodie's abscess in the first decade of life. Report of eleven cases. (United States)

    Kozlowski, K


    Eleven cases of Brodie's abscess in the first decade of life are presented. Brodie's abscess in the first decade of life usually shows the "Variant type" of X-ray appearances. The X-ray diagnosis is easy if the clinical data is known to the radiologist. The preponderance of Brodie's abscesses in the lower extremities is probably due to trauma.

  17. Isolated abscess in superior rectus muscle in a child

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    Sushank Ashok Bhalerao


    Full Text Available Pyomyositis is a primary bacterial infection of striated muscles nearly always caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Development of the intramuscular abscess involving the extra-ocular muscles (EOMs remains an extremely rare process. We herein present a case of isolated EOM pyomyositis involving superior rectus muscle in a 2-year male child who was referred with complaints of swelling in left eye (LE and inability to open LE since last 1-month. Orbital computed tomography (CT scan showed a well-defined, hypo-dense, peripheral rim-enhancing lesion in relation to left superior rectus muscle suggestive of left superior rectus abscess. The abscess was drained through skin approach. We concluded that pyomyositis of EOM should be considered in any patient presenting with acute onset of orbital inflammation and characteristic CT or magnetic resonance imaging features. Management consists of incision and drainage coupled with antibiotic therapy.

  18. The role of Streptococcus intermedius in brain abscess. (United States)

    Mishra, A K; Fournier, P-E


    Brain abscess represents a significant medical problem, despite recent advances made in detection and therapy. Streptococcus intermedius, a commensal organism, has the potential to cause significant morbidity. S. intermedius expresses one or more members of a family of structurally and antigenically related surface proteins termed antigen I/II, which plays a potential role in its pathogenesis. It is involved in binding to human fibronectin and laminin and in inducing IL-8 release from monocytes, which promotes neutrophil chemotaxis and activation. There are few published data on the role of this organism in brain abscess. This review focuses on the clinical evidence, pathogenic role, mechanism of predisposition, and currently employed strategies to fight against S. intermedius associated to brain abscess.

  19. Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess in an immunocompetent child

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    Jang Mi Kwon


    Full Text Available Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as a leading pathogen for pyogenic liver abscess (PLA in Korea. K. pneumoniae liver abscess (KLA is a potentially life-threatening disease and the diagnosis is challenging. In developed countries, PLA in children is rare and frequently associated with disorders of granulocyte function and previous abdominal infection. We experienced a case of KLA in a healthy 12-year-old boy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of KLA in an immunocompetent child without underlying disease in Korea. The patient was treated with percutaneous catheter drainage and antibiotics. The catheter placed in intrahepatic abscess was left for 3 weeks and parenteral antibiotics (ceftriaxone and amikacin were administered for 4 weeks, followed by oral antibiotics (cefixime for 2 weeks. We reported this case to raise awareness of KLA in immunocompetent children among physicians, and to review the diagnosis, risk factors, potential complications and the appropriate treatment of KLA.

  20. Brain abscess with an unexpected finding: Actinomyces meyeri CNS infection

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    Eiset, Andreas Halgreen; Thomsen, Marianne Kragh; Wejse, Christian

    oedema. By MRI an abscess was suspected and the patient was transferred to the department of neurosurgery, where drainage was performed. Microscopy revealed gram-positive cocci and gram-negative rods and iv. treatment with ceftriaxone 4g x 1 and metronidazole 1g x 1 was commenced. Pus cultures showed...... Prevotella spp. and A. meyeri and the initial treatment was changed to penicillin G 5 MIU x 4 and metronidazole 500 mg x 3 for four weeks followed by oral amoxicillin 500 mg x 3 for three months. The abscess regressed on this treatment and there were no CNS related symptoms at three months follow......-up. The source of infection was most likely periodontitis with spread to the lungs from aspiration or oropharyngeal secretion into the respiratory tract, alternatively from haematogenous spread. Conclusions: We report of the successful treatment of a cerebral abscess caused by A. meyeri with narrow spectrum...

  1. Concomitant cutaneous metastatic tuberculous abscesses and multifocal skeletal tuberculosis

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    Sezgin Betul


    Full Text Available Tuberculosis, one of the oldest diseases known to affect humans is caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. The disease usually affects the lungs, although, in up to one third of cases, other organs are involved. Metastatic tuberculosis abscess is a rare form of skin tuberculosis. It is characterized by nodule and abscess formation throughout the body after hematogenous spread of mycobacterium tuberculosis from a primary focus during a period of impaired immunity. Tuberculosis osteomyelitis is also a rare form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis in pediatric age group. Skeletal tuberculosis pathogenesis is related to reactivation of hematogenous foci or spread from adjacent paravertebral lymph nodes. Weight-bearing joints are affected most commonly. Bilateral hand and foot bone involvement is rarely reported. We present a five-year-old girl with two very rare presentations of the disease such as osteomyelitis and metastatic skin abscess.

  2. Candida albicans skin abscess Abscesso de pele por Candida albicans

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    Felipe Francisco Tuon


    Full Text Available Subcutaneous candidal abscess is a very rare infection even in immunocompromised patients. Some cases are reported when breakdown in the skin occurs, as bacterial cellulites or abscess, iatrogenic procedures, trauma and parenteral substance abuse. We describe a case of Candida albicans subcutaneous abscess without fungemia, which can be associated with central venous catheter.Abscesso subcutâneo por Candida é infecção muito rara mesmo em pacientes imunocomprometidos. Alguns casos são relatados quando ocorre dano na pele, como celulite bacteriana ou abscesso, procedimentos iatrogênicos, trauma e abuso de substância parenteral. Relatamos caso de abscesso subcutâneo por Candida albicans sem fungemia, que pode estar associado com cateter venoso central.

  3. A new angle on the Euler angles (United States)

    Markley, F. Landis; Shuster, Malcolm D.


    We present a generalization of the Euler angles to axes beyond the twelve conventional sets. The generalized Euler axes must satisfy the constraint that the first and the third are orthogonal to the second; but the angle between the first and third is arbitrary, rather than being restricted to the values 0 and pi/2, as in the conventional sets. This is the broadest generalization of the Euler angles that provides a representation of an arbitrary rotation matrix. The kinematics of the generalized Euler angles and their relation to the attitude matrix are presented. As a side benefit, the equations for the generalized Euler angles are universal in that they incorporate the equations for the twelve conventional sets of Euler angles in a natural way.

  4. The specific gallium-67 scan uptake pattern in psoas abscesses

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    Kao, P.-F.; Tzen, K.-Y.; Tsai, M.-F.; Yen, T.-C. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. School of Medicine, Tauyuan (Taiwan, Province of China); Tsui, K.-H. [Dept. of Urology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tauyuan (Taiwan, Province of China)


    A psoas abscess is a rare clinical entity that presents diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. In this retrospective study, we reviewed gallium-67 scan findings in cases of psoas abscess to determine the specific uptake pattern and the usefulness of {sup 67}Ga scans in diagnosis and management. Fifteen psoas abscess lesions in 13 patients who had undergone a {sup 67}Ga scan during an 8-year period were found in the hospital computer. All but two of the patients had been diagnosed as having fever of unknown origin, urinary tract infection or another irrelevant disease prior to the {sup 67}Ga scan. Of the 15 psoas abscess lesions, 12 (80%) could be clearly diagnosed on the basis of the specific {sup 67} Ga uptake pattern, in which: (1) the oblique direction of the {sup 67}Ga-avid lesion correlates with the orientation of the psoas muscle from the lumbar region to the hip joint region; (2) the lesion does not cross the abdominal midline; (3) the lesion goes through the inguinal region; and (4) the lesion involves at least two-thirds of the whole length of the psoas muscle. The specific features may help in the differentiation of psoas abscess from other intra-abdominal lesions or normal bowel distribution, especially with single-photon emission tomographic images. In 7 of 13 patients (53.8%) the {sup 67}Ga scan findings contributed to the clinical management of the patients by first detecting the focus of the infection. Multiple concomitant {sup 67}Ga-avid lesions were found in ten patients. In conclusion, the specific features as well as the whole-body survey with {sup 67}Ga scan are useful and important in the diagnosis of psoas abscesses and the detection of unexpected concomitant multiple infectious foci in clinically suspicious infectious disease patients. (orig.) With 4 figs., 2 tabs., 29 refs.

  5. Prostatic abscess: Diagnosis and management in the modern antibiotic era

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    Punit Tiwari


    Full Text Available This retrospective study was aimed at analyzing the clinical findings and thera-peutic strategies in 24 patients who were admitted with prostatic abscess, during the period from 1999 to 2008. The diagnosis of prostatic abscesses was made clinically by digital rectal palpation based on the presence of positive fluctuation with tenderness. All cases were confirmed by trans-rectal ultrasound (TRUS, and only positive cases were included in this study. The diagnostic work-up included analysis of midstream urine and abscess fluid culture for pathogens. Therapeutic options included endoscopic trans-urethral incision or trans-perineal aspiration under ultrasound guidance, or conservative therapy. Of the 24 patients studied, 45.83% of the cases had a pre-di-posing factor, and diabetes mellitus (37.50% was the most common. Digital rectal palpation re-vealed fluctuation in 70.83% of the cases. Trans-abdominal ultrasonography missed the condition in 29.16% of the cases. On TRUS, all the study patients showed hypo-echoic zones, while nine others showed internal septations. In most of the cases, the lesion was peripheral. A causative pathogen could be identified in 70.83% of the cases. Surgical drainage of the abscess by trans-urethral deroofing was performed in 17 cases (including one with failed aspiration, trans-perineal aspiration under TRUS guidance was performed in three cases and conservative therapy was followed in five cases. Our data confirms the importance of predisposing factors in the patho-genesis of prostatic abscess. In most of the cases, the clue to diagnosis is obtained by digital rectal palpation. TRUS gives the definite diagnosis and also helps in follow-up of patients. Trans-urethral deroofing is the ideal therapy where the abscess cavity is more than 1 cm, although in some selected cases, TRUS-guided aspiration or conservative therapy does have a role in treatment.

  6. Kocuria varians infection associated with brain abscess: A case report

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    Tsai Tai-Hsin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Kocuria, established by Stackebrandt et al., previously was classified into Micrococcus. Only two species, K. rosea and K. kristinae are reported to be associated as pathogenic and found with catheter-related bacteremia and acute cholecystitis. Case presentation We herein report the first case of brain abscess caused by Kocuria varians, a gram-positive microorganism, in a 52-year-old man. Hematogenous spread is the probable pathogenesis. Conclusions This report presents a case of Kocuria varians brain abscess successfully treated with surgical excision combined with antimicrobial therapy. In addition, Vitek 2 system has been used to identify and differentiate between coagulase-negative staphylococcus.

  7. [Retrospective evaluation of 15 cases with psoas abscesses]. (United States)

    Turunç, Tahsin; Turunç, Tuba; Demiroğlu, Y Ziya; Colakoğlu, Sule


    Psoas abscesses are suppurative collections within the fascia surrounding the psoas and iliacus muscles. In this retrospective study it was aimed to evaluate the demographic characteristics, clinical and laboratory findings and treatment outcomes of 15 psoas abscess cases admitted to Baskent University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey during June 2003-January 2008 period. The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years (range 18 to 70 years) with a female to male ratio of 5/10. Thirteen of the cases (86.5%) were admitted with the complaints of fever and back pain. Thirteen of the cases were diagnosed by abdominal computerized tomography while the other two by abdominal ultrasonography. One of the 15 patients was considered as primary psoas abscess, while the remaining 14 as secondary psoas abscess. The most common accompanying disease was diabetes mellitus (66.6%). Fourteen patients with secondary psoas abscess had vertebral osteomyelitis which was due to tuberculosis in five cases, to urinary tract infection in five cases, to pneumoniae in two cases, to surgical infection in one case and to brucellosis in one case. The cultivation of the abscess material from the 14 secondary psoas abscess cases revealed growth of bacteria in 11 of them (5 Mycobacterium tuberculosis, 1 Escherichia coli, 1 methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, 1 methicilin-resistant S. aureus, 1 Acinetobacter baumannii, 1 Brucella melitensis, 1 Serratia marcescens). The biochemical parameters of the cases (mean leukocyte counts: 14.500 cell/mm3; mean erythrocyte sedimentation rates: 78 mm/hour; mean C-reactive protein levels: 108 mg/dl) were also high. Thirteen patients underwent percutaneous drainage and received appropriate antibiotic treatment and the other two patients were treated with open surgical debridement. The duration of antimicrobial treatment was one year for M. tuberculosis cases and about 4-6 weeks in the others. One of the cases died due to complicating meningitis and sepsis. It is

  8. Brain abscess by Kocuria rosea: Case report and literature review

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    Juan Esteban Muñoz Montoya


    Full Text Available Brain abscess is one of the most serious complications of head and neck infections (Tunkel, 2010 [1]. Defined as a focal intracranial infection that is initiated as an area of cerebritis and evolves into a collection of pus surrounded by a vascularized capsule (Tunkel and Scheld, 2011 [2]. The infectious agents depend on the pathogenesis of the infection and the presence of various predisposing conditions, however, in general: Streptococcus sp. is the most frequent microorganism (Tunkel and Scheld, 2011 [2]: Greenberg, 2010 [3]. In this article we report a case of brain abscess caused by Kocuria rosea, an entity that has not been reported previously in literature.

  9. Infective Endocarditis and Aortic Valve Abscess in an Infant. (United States)

    Williamson, Kristy A; Gmuca, Sabrina; Rosman, Eliyahu C; Thomas, Philomena


    Infective endocarditis is relatively uncommon in the pediatric population, but when it does occur, results in substantial morbidity and mortality. Children at risk for endocarditis are typically those with an underlying congenital heart condition. Furthermore, an endocardial abscess is a very rare yet serious complication of infective endocarditis. We describe a case of a 23-month-old previously healthy male infant with no known congenital heart disease who returned to the emergency department after a recent hospitalization for pneumococcal bacteremia, presenting acutely ill but without fever. He was found to be in congestive heart failure due to endocarditis and an aortic root abscess.

  10. Glaucoma, Open-Angle (United States)

    ... Programs Home > Statistics and Data > Glaucoma, Open-angle Glaucoma, Open-angle Open-angle Glaucoma Defined In open-angle glaucoma, the fluid passes ... 2010 2010 U.S. Age-Specific Prevalence Rates for Glaucoma by Age and Race/Ethnicity The prevalence of ...

  11. Abscess or tumour? Lumbar spinal abscess mimicking a filum terminale tumour. (United States)

    Sajjad, Jahangir; Kaliaperumal, Chandrasekaran; O'Sullivan, Michael


    A 62-year-old woman presented with a 4-month history of central lower backache and a 2-week history of progressive bilateral leg weakness. She also complained of numbness on her left thigh and gluteal region, associated with urinary hesitancy and constipation. On examination, she had bilateral partial foot drop, absent knee and ankle reflexes and a negative Babinski's reflex and associated hyperaesthesia in L3 distribution bilaterally with decreased anal tone. Laboratory results revealed normal inflammatory markers. MRI scan demonstrated a large uniformly enhancing lesion in the filum terminale suggestive of a lumbar spinal tumour. An emergency spinal laminectomy from L3 to S2 was performed. Per operatively, the duramater was thickened and hyperaemic. The histopathology report suggested inflammation with no evidence of malignancy. Tissue specimen of cultured Staphylococcus aureus was sensitive to flucloxacillin. A final diagnosis of lumbar spinal abscess was made and subsequent antibiotic treatment led to good clinical recovery.

  12. Differentiation of pyogenic and fungal brain abscesses with susceptibility-weighted MR sequences

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    Antulov, Ronald; Miletic, Damir [Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Department of Radiology, Rijeka (Croatia); Dolic, Kresimir [Clinical Hospital Centre Split, Department of Radiology, Split (Croatia); Fruehwald-Pallamar, Julia; Thurnher, Majda M. [Medical University Vienna, University Hospital Vienna, Department of Radiology-Subdivision of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Vienna (Austria)


    Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are insufficient to determine the causative agent of brain abscesses. We investigated: (1) the value of susceptibility-weighted MR sequences (SWMRS) in the differentiation of fungal and pyogenic brain abscesses; and (2) the effect of different SWMRS (susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) versus venous blood oxygen level dependent (VenoBOLD)) for the detection of specific imaging characteristics of pyogenic brain abscesses. We studied six patients with fungal and ten patients with pyogenic brain abscesses. Imaging characteristics on conventional MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and SWMRS were recorded in all abscesses. All lesions were assessed for the presence of a ''dual-rim sign'' on SWMRS. Homogenously hyperintense lesions on DWI were present in 60 % of patients with pyogenic abscesses, whereas none of the patients with fungal abscesses showed such lesions. On SWMRS, 90 % of patients with pyogenic abscesses and 60 % of patients with fungal abscesses had only lesions with a low-signal-intensity rim. On SWI, the dual-rim sign was apparent in all pyogenic abscesses. None of the fungal abscesses on SWI (P = 0.005) or any of the pyogenic abscesses on VenoBOLD (P = 0.005) were positive for a dual-rim sign. In fungal abscesses, the dual-rim sign is not present but a prominent peripheral rim or central susceptibility effects on SWI will be seen. The appearance of pyogenic abscesses on SWMRS depends on the used sequence, with the dual-rim sign a specific feature of pyogenic brain abscesses on SWI. (orig.)

  13. Abscess Formation of the Round Ligament of the Liver: Report of a Case

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    Full Text Available Abscess formation of the round ligament of the liver is very rare. We report a case of a 70-year-old female with abscess of the round ligament after an endoscopic papillotomy for choledocholithiasis. On the 21st day following papillotomy, abscess formation of the round ligament was found by ultrasonographic examination. Surgical treatment was performed because conservative therapy was not effective. The purulent fluid and necrotic tissue at the round ligament were completely removed. Cultures obtained from the abscess grew Staphylococcus epidermidis, but the mechanism of abscess formation in this case remains unclear.

  14. Ascariasis as a cause of hepatic abscess: A report of 3 cases

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    V Chauhan


    Full Text Available We receive around 60 cases of hepatic abscess in a year. The commonest diagnosis reached at the time of discharge is amoebic liver abscess. The diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess is mostly presumptive and thus the patients are usually given a mixed treatment with injection ceftriaxone and tablet metronidazole. Here we report three cases of hepatic abscess diagnosed recently, where ascariasis was the probable etiology. Ascariasis may be a much commoner cause of hepatic abscesses in this region than we think.

  15. Liver abscesses with venous extension - rare complication of a common problem. (United States)

    Lal, Hira; Thakral, Anuj; Sharma, Manohar Lal; Kumar, Tarun


    Considering the high incidence of amoebic and pyogenic liver abscess in the developing world, occurrence of inferior vena cava thrombosis secondary to liver abscess is a rare but life threatening complication. We report 4 such complicated cases of liver abscess(s). The first case involved a large caudate lobe abscess extending across middle hepatic vein into suprahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC). Development of a left hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm following attempted percutaneous aspiration highlights the difficulties encountered in percutaneous interventional management of caudate lobe abscesses. The second case involved multiple liver abscesses with large thrombus in the right ventricular cavity & right ventricular outflow tract. The patient developed cardiorespiratory arrest limiting any aggressive management options for the complex nature of illness. The third case had a large caudate lobe abscess with direct extension into Intrahepatic IVC while the fourth showed a segment 4 abscess with thrombosis of adjacent left hepatic vein. These cases highlight the fact that diagnosis of such life threatening complications of liver abscesses as hepatic vein & IVC thrombosis requires high clinical suspicion followed by targeted imaging. Image guided interventional therapy is a useful tool for management in cases of liver abscess. But, abscesses in precarious locations like caudate lobe are associated with higher risk of complications including pseudoaneurysm formation asking for a cautious approach to interventional therapy in such circumstances.

  16. [Endosonography control of percutaneous paracoccygeal drainage of deep pelvic abscesses after rectum resection]. (United States)

    Truong, S; Willis, S; Jansen, M; Neuerburg, J; Schumpelick, V


    Pelvic abscesses are severe complications after rectal surgery. In recent years, surgical drainage has been edged out by percutaneous drainage techniques. We report our experience with the drainage of postoperative pelvic abscesses via the paracoccygeal route controlled by endosonography. In eight patients the diagnosis of a retrorectal pelvic abscess was established by endosonography and confirmed by endosonographically controlled exploratory puncture. Drainage of the abscesses was performed via the paracoccygeal access route by trocar or Seldinger technique under permanent visual control by endoluminal sonography. Irrigation of the abscess cavity was than performed daily. In all cases drainage was successful without complications. Duration of drainage was 9-14 days with a mean of 10.8 days. In one patient there was a recurrence of the abscess because of early removal of the drainage catheter. Because of its overall availability and its good results, paracoccygeal percutaneous endosonographically controlled drainage seems to be a suitable uncomplicated method for drainage of postoperative pelvic abscesses.

  17. Anterior ilioinguinal incision for drainage of high-located perianal abscess. (United States)

    Peng, K-T; Hsieh, M-C; Hsu, W-H; Li, Y-Y; Yeh, C-H


    Most perianal abscesses originate from infected anal glands at the base of the anal crypts. Most abscesses below are usually drained through perianal incision and can be treated successfully. However, when perianal abscesses extend to the high intrapelvic cavity, it may be inadequate treatment through a single route incision through a perianal approach. The aim of this technical note is to show that combined anterior ilioinguinal and perianal incisions may provide optimal surgical field and multiple drainages. Here, we report a 56-year-old male patient with perianal-originating parapsoas abscesses. Residual abscess still remained after initial perianal incision and drainage after 1-month treatment. We presented combined anterior ilioinguinal and perianal incision technique methods for proper drainage in this complicated case. No recurrent or residual abscess remained after 2 weeks of operation. So, combined anterior ilioinguinal incision is feasible for high-located perianal abscess.

  18. A case of brain abscess extended from deep fascial space infection. (United States)

    Sakamoto, Haruo; Karakida, Kazunari; Otsuru, Mitsunobu; Arai, Masayuki; Shimoda, Masami


    A case of brain abscess in the temporal lobe caused by direct intracranial extension of deep neck abscess is described. The abscess also spread to the orbital cavity through infraorbital fissure. The possible etiology of this case might be dental surgery. The diagnostic imaging clearly showed the routes of intracranial and -orbital extension of parapharyngeal and masticator space abscesses. From the abscess specimens, oral streptococci, anaerobic streptococci, and anaerobic gram-negative bacilli were isolated. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of isolates showed that some Prevotella and Fusobacterium strains had decreased susceptibility to penicillin, and these bacteria produced beta-lactamase. The bacteria from the deep neck abscess were consistent with those detected from the brain abscess. Proper diagnosis, aggressive surgical intervention, and antibiotics chemotherapy saved the patient from this life-threatening condition.

  19. Retroperitoneoscopic drainage of bilateral psoas abscesses under intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasound guidance. (United States)

    Kodama, Koichi; Takase, Yasukazu; Motoi, Isamu; Mizuno, Hideki; Goshima, Kenichi; Sawaguchi, Takeshi


    Despite improved diagnostic modalities for psoas abscesses, the optimum management strategy is not uniform. A 67-year-old man presented with bilateral psoas abscesses secondary to L1-L2 pyogenic discitis. On contrast-enhanced CT, the largest of these abscesses measured 13 × 14 × 33 mm on the right. The patient developed sepsis caused by Klebsiella pneumonia. There were no signs of improvement after 3 weeks of systematic antibiotic administration. We performed surgical drainage of bilateral psoas abscesses by retroperitoneoscopy. Intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasound was useful to determine abscess location in the muscles prior to drainage and confirm no residual abscesses after drainage. The patient was afebrile 3 days later, and his clinical symptoms resolved. Retroperitoneoscopic drainage may represent a feasible minimally invasive therapeutic option for psoas abscess, and intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasound has the potential to increase the safety and efficacy of this surgical procedure.

  20. Medicolegal cases for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess. (United States)

    French, Keisha L; Daniels, Eldra W; Ahn, Uri M; Ahn, Nicholas U


    Spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess are rare surgical emergencies resulting in significant neurologic deficits. Making the diagnosis for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess can be challenging; however, a delay in recognition and treatment can be devastating. The objective of this retrospective analysis study was to identify risk factors for an adverse outcome for the provider. The LexisNexis Academic legal search database was used to identify a total of 19 cases of spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess filed against medical providers. Outcome data on trial verdicts, age, sex, initial site of injury, time to consultation, time to appropriate imaging studies, time to surgery, and whether a rectal examination was performed or not were recorded. The results demonstrated a significant association between time to surgery more than 48 hours and an unfavorable verdict for the provider. The degree of permanent neurologic impairment did not appear to affect the verdicts. Fifty-eight percent of the cases did not present with an initial deficit, including loss of bowel or bladder control. All medical professionals must maintain a high level of suspicion and act quickly. Physicians who are able to identify early clinical features, appropriately image, and treat within a 48 hour time frame have demonstrated a more favorable medicolegal outcome compared with their counterparts in filed lawsuits for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess cases.

  1. Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Complication of Spinal Epidural Abscess

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    Armando Bedoya


    Full Text Available Epidural injections for chronic low back pain are controversial, and their effectiveness is debated. Although epidural injections are considered a minor procedure with low morbidity, catastrophic complications may occur. We describe a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis secondary to an epidural abscess after epidural injection to alert clinicians to this unusual association.

  2. Upper Cervical Epidural Abscess in a Patient With Parkinson Disease (United States)

    Al-Hourani, Khalid; Frost, Chelsea


    To our knowledge, there are no reports in the literature of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) developing upper cervical spine infections. Our objective is to present a case of upper cervical epidural abscess in a patient with PD and to review upper cervical spine infection. We present the patient’s presentation, physical examination, imaging findings, and management as well a review of the literature. A 66-year-old male with PD presented to the emergency department (ED) following referral by a neurologist for a presumed C2 fracture. The preceding history was 1 week of severe neck pain requiring a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was initially interpreted as a C2 fracture. On admission from the ED, further review of the MRI appeared to show anterior prevertebral abscess and an epidural abscess. The patient’s neurological examination was at baseline. In the span of 2 days, the patient developed significant motor weakness. A repeat MRI demonstrated expansion of the epidural collection and spinal cord compression. Surgical management consisting of C1 and C2 laminectomy, irrigation, and debridement from anterior and posterior approaches was performed. Postoperatively, the patient did not recover any motor strength and elected to withdraw care and died. Spinal epidural abscess requires a high index of suspicion and needs prompt recognition to prevent neurological impairment. Upper cervical spine infections are rare but can lead to lethal consequences. PMID:26623170

  3. Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Complication of Spinal Epidural Abscess


    Bedoya, Armando; Gentilesco, Bethany


    Epidural injections for chronic low back pain are controversial, and their effectiveness is debated. Although epidural injections are considered a minor procedure with low morbidity, catastrophic complications may occur. We describe a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis secondary to an epidural abscess after epidural injection to alert clinicians to this unusual association.

  4. Spinal epidural abscess: correlation between MRI findings and outcome

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    Tung, G.A.; Yim, J.W.K.; Rogg, J.M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI (United States); Mermel, L.A.; Philip, L. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brown University School of Medicine and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence (United States)


    Our purpose was to determine if specific MRI findings in spinal epidural abscess (SEA), at the time of diagnosis, are associated with the clinical outcome. The clinical records and MRI studies of 18 patients with SEA were reviewed and follow-up was obtained from the outpatient medical record, telephone interview, or both. The association between findings on contrast-enhanced MRI and clinical outcome (weakness, neck or back pain, and incomplete functional recovery) was evaluated. With univariate analysis, narrowing of 50 % or more of the central spinal canal (P = 0.03), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.05), and abnormal spinal cord signal intensity (P = 0.05) were associated with weakness at follow-up. Persistent neck or back pain was associated with spinal canal narrowing (P = 0.02), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.02), and an abscess longer than 3 cm (P = 0.04) on MRI. Incomplete clinical recovery was associated with both abscess length (P = 0.01) and the severity of canal narrowing (P = 0.01). Abscess length, enhancement pattern, and severity of canal narrowing can be incorporated in a grading system that can be used to predict outcome. (orig.)

  5. Ewing′s sarcoma in mandibular similar to dental abscess

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    Forouz Keshani


    This case report deals with a 16-year-old patient wrongly diagnosed with odontogenic infection and abscess, and hospitalized. As the symptoms did not remit, biopsy was carried out and the patient was operated on with Ewing′s sarcoma diagnosis.

  6. Breast abscesses after breast conserving therapy for breast cancer

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    Fujiwara, Kazuhisa [National Kyoto Hospital (Japan)


    Breast abscess after breast conserving therapy is a rare complication and the study of this cause has not been reported. A retrospective review of 190 patients undergoing breast conserving therapy in our institution revealed 4 patients with breast abscess (mean age, 50.6 years; range, 47-57 years and median follow up 4 months; 1-11 months). Risk factors which were common to all patients were: fine needle aspiration (FNA), surgical treatment; wide excision, adjuvant therapy; oral administration of tamoxifen (TAM), radiation therapy (RT) to ipsilateral whole breast; total dose of 50 Gy and skin desquamation by RT; level I or II. Other important risk factors in 3 patients were repeated aspirations of seroma post operatively and 2 patients received chemotherapy; CAF. Cultures from one abscess grew staphylococcus aureus, one grew staphylococcus epidermidis, and two were sterile. Breast abscess may be caused by a variety of factors and it is often difficult to specify the cause. This suggests that careful observation will be necessary to determine the cause. (author)

  7. Dysgonic fermenter 3-associated abscess in a diabetic patient

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    Bangsborg, Jette Marie; Frederiksen, W; Bruun, B


    We report a case in which a strain of the U.S.A. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dysgonic fermenter (DF) 3, together with Citrobacter freundii, was isolated from an abscess in a diabetic patient. DF 3 may be easily overlooked due to its fastidious nature, a characteristic shared with two former...

  8. Multidrug resistant citrobacter: an unusual cause of liver abscess. (United States)

    Kumar, Prabhat; Ghosh, Soumik; Rath, Deepak; Gadpayle, A K


    Liver abscesses are infectious, space occupying lesions in the liver, the two most common abscesses being pyogenic and amoebic. A pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) is a rare condition with a reported incidence of 20 per 100 000 hospital admissions in the western population. The right lobe of the liver is the most common site in both types of liver abscess. Clinical presentation is elusive with complaints of fever, right upper quadrant pain in the abdomen and hepatomegaly with or without jaundice. The aetiology of PLA has changed in the past few decades and may be of biliary, portal, arterial or traumatic origin, but many cases are still cryptogenic. The most common organisms causing PLA are Gram-negative aerobes, especially Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Studies have shown a high degree of antimicrobial susceptibility of isolated organism resulting in an overall lower mortality in PLA. Here, we present a case of PLA caused by multidrug-resistant Citrobacter freundii, which is an unusual organism to be isolated.

  9. Isolated tuberculous splenic abscess in an immunocompetent individual

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    Parveen Rana Kundu; SK Mathur; Sunita Singh; Amrita Duhan; Garima Aggarwal; Rajeev Sen


    Tuberculosis (TB) of the spleen is an extremely rare clinical entity particularly among immunocompetent persons. We report a case of isolated tuberculous abscess of spleen in a 13-years- old boy. No primary focus of infection was detected in lungs or any other organ. The patient was treated by splenectomy after a therapeutic failure with standard antituberculous medication.

  10. Pelvic Primary Staphylococcal Infection Presenting as a Thigh Abscess

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    T. O. Abbas


    Full Text Available Intra-abdominal disease can present as an extra-abdominal abscess and can follow several routes, including the greater sciatic foramen, obturator foramen, femoral canal, pelvic outlet, and inguinal canal. Nerves and vessels can also serve as a route out of the abdomen. The psoas muscle extends from the twelfth thoracic and fifth lower lumbar vertebrae to the lesser trochanter of the femur, which means that disease in this muscle group can migrate along the muscle, out of the abdomen, and present as a thigh abscess. We present a case of a primary pelvic staphylococcal infection presenting as a thigh abscess. The patient was a 60-year-old man who presented with left posterior thigh pain and fever. Physical examination revealed a diffusely swollen left thigh with overlying erythematous, shiny, and tense skin. X-rays revealed no significant soft tissue lesions, ultrasound was suggestive of an inflammatory process, and MRI showed inflammatory changes along the left hemipelvis and thigh involving the iliacus muscle group, left gluteal region, and obturator internus muscle. The abscess was drained passively via two incisions in the posterior left thigh, releasing large amounts of purulent discharge. Subsequent bacterial culture revealed profuse growth of Staphylococcus aureus. The patient recovered uneventfully except for a moderate fever on the third postoperative day.

  11. Pelvic primary staphylococcal infection presenting as a thigh abscess. (United States)

    Abbas, T O


    Intra-abdominal disease can present as an extra-abdominal abscess and can follow several routes, including the greater sciatic foramen, obturator foramen, femoral canal, pelvic outlet, and inguinal canal. Nerves and vessels can also serve as a route out of the abdomen. The psoas muscle extends from the twelfth thoracic and fifth lower lumbar vertebrae to the lesser trochanter of the femur, which means that disease in this muscle group can migrate along the muscle, out of the abdomen, and present as a thigh abscess. We present a case of a primary pelvic staphylococcal infection presenting as a thigh abscess. The patient was a 60-year-old man who presented with left posterior thigh pain and fever. Physical examination revealed a diffusely swollen left thigh with overlying erythematous, shiny, and tense skin. X-rays revealed no significant soft tissue lesions, ultrasound was suggestive of an inflammatory process, and MRI showed inflammatory changes along the left hemipelvis and thigh involving the iliacus muscle group, left gluteal region, and obturator internus muscle. The abscess was drained passively via two incisions in the posterior left thigh, releasing large amounts of purulent discharge. Subsequent bacterial culture revealed profuse growth of Staphylococcus aureus. The patient recovered uneventfully except for a moderate fever on the third postoperative day.

  12. Renal Abscess in a Patient Presenting with Persistent Hiccups

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    Mark Flanagan


    Full Text Available Hiccups are common, typically limited, and rarely present with adverse complications. In the context of persistent or intractable episodes, however, hiccups may signal a more serious underlying cause. Here, we present an unexpected and pathologic case of hiccups in a patient who was ultimately diagnosed with renal abscesses.

  13. Abscesses of the spleen: Report of three cases

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    Constantin Fotiadis; Giagkos Lavranos; Pavlos Patapis; Gabriel Karatzas


    Abscess of the spleen is a rare discovery, with about 600 cases in the international literature so far. Although it may have various causes, it is most usually associated with trauma and infections of the spleen. The latter are more common in the presence of a different primary site of infection, especially endocarditis or in cases of ischemic infarcts that are secondarily infected.Moreover, immunosuppression is a major risk factor.Clinical examination usually reveals a combination of fever, left-upper-quadrant abdominal pain and vomiting.Laboratory findings are not constant. Imaging is a necessary tool for establishing the diagnosis, with a choice between ultrasound and computed tomography.Treatment includes conservative measures, and surgical intervention. In children and in cases of solitary abscesses with a thick wall, percutaneous catheter drainage may be attempted. Otherwise, splenectomy is the preferred approach in most centers. Here, we present three cases of splenic abscess. In all three,splenectomy was performed, followed by rapid clinical improvement. These cases emphasize that current understanding of spleen abscess etiology is still limited,and a study for additional risk factors may be necessary.

  14. Capnocytophaga Lung Abscess in a Patient with Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumor


    Thirumala, Raghu; Rappo, Urania; Babady, N. Esther; Kamboj, Mini; Chawla, Mohit


    Capnocytophaga species are known commensals of the oral cavity of humans and animals (mainly dogs and cats) and are a rare cause of respiratory tract infections. We report a case of cavitary lung abscess caused by a Capnocytophaga species in a patient with a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor.

  15. Psoas muscle abscess simulating acute appendicits: A case report

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    Eugenio L.C. Miller


    Conclusion: The psoas muscle abscess is uncommon and poorly characterized in its etiology, clinical associations, and its therapeutic approach. On the other hand, acute appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency, with a 7% death rate, and surgery is its main treatment.

  16. Clinical characteristics and progression of liver abscess caused by toxocara

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    Kyung; Ho; Ha; Jung; Eun; Song; Byung; Seok; Kim; Chang; Hyeong; Lee


    AIM: To evaluate the clinical characteristics and progression of liver abscess caused by toxocara.METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with serum Ig G antibody to Toxocara canis and liver abscess diagnosed using abdominal computed tomography between February 2010 and February 2015. Among 84 patients exhibiting serum Ig G antibody to Toxocara canis, 34 patients were diagnosed with liver asbscess and treated with albendazole. A follow-up period of 1 year was conducted. RESULTS: Mean patient age was 53(34-79) years, with 26(76.5%) patients being male. Twenty-one(61.7%) patients were moderate or heavy drinkers, 23(67.6%) patients had a history of eating raw meat or liver and 6(17.6%) patients owned pet dogs or cats. Main patient symptoms consisted of right upper quadrant pain, fever, and fatigue; 18(52.9%) patients, however, presented with no symptoms. Lung involvement was detected in 444(11.7%) patients. The eosinophil count increased in 29(85.3%) patients at initial diagnosis, and decreased in most patients after albendazole treatment. The initial serum Ig E level increased in 25(73.5%) patients, but exhibited various response levels after albendazole treatment. Liver abscess formation improved in all patients.CONCLUSION: The liver abscess was improved with albendazole treatment.

  17. Clostridium glycolicum isolated from a patient with otogenic brain abscesses.

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    Leer, C.C. van; Wensing, A.M.; Leeuwen, J.P. van; Zandbergen, E.G.; Swanink, C.M.A.


    We describe a case of brain abscesses with gas formation following otitis media, for which the patient treated himself by placing clay in his ear. Several microorganisms, including Clostridium glycolicum, were cultured from material obtained from the patient. This is the first report of an infection

  18. Diabetes with multiple abscesses disseminated in time and place

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    Stalin Viswanathan; Bhavith Remalayam; Vivekanandan Muthu; Shyam Kumar


    We report the course of a 29 year old diabetic and alcoholic with multiple visceral and muculoskeletal abscesses that occurred sequentially over a span of 4 months that was caused by repeated interruptions in his treatment due to poor compliance and premature discharges from hospital.

  19. A Giant Retroperitoneal Abscess Mimicking Incarcerated Inguinal Hernia

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    Naciye Sinem Gezer


    Full Text Available An 82-year-old man was admitted to the emergency room with an acute left-sided groin pain and scrotal swelling. He has suffered from a groin hernia for two years. Abdominal x-ray demonstrated air-fluid levels in the left upper quadrant suggesting an intestinal obstruction (Figure 1. Abdominal computed tomography (CT scan was obtained with an initial diagnosis of an incarcerated inguinal hernia. However, it showed multiple perirenal abscesses and a giant-sized retroperitoneal abscess extending from the retroperitoneal space into the scrotum through the inguinal canal (Figure 2 and 3. Retroperitoneal abscesses are most frequently seen in the 3rd to 6th decades of life (1. Gram-negative bacteria, most commonly E. coli, are the cause of infection which usually develops secondary to pyelonephritis, urinary stasis or immune suppression. The onset of clinical manifestations of the infection, including flank, abdomen and groin pain, chills, fever, tachycardia, weakness and anorexia are often insidious (2,3. Laboratory findings include leukocytosis, increased serum creatinine levels and pyuria. The literature emphasizes the possibility of diagnostic delay and postponed treatment of retroperitoneal abscess due to the fact that its prodrome phase may be long.


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES ALA has gained importance during recent years as a result of increasing world travel, economic globalization and the growing number of chronically immunosuppressed people. AIDS and the increasing use of organ transplants have led to a new population at risk. In our study we aimed to analyse the clinical presentation and management of Amoebic liver abscess at Sree Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore. METHODS A hospital based prospective observational study was conducted between Dec. 2013 to June 2015 in Sree Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore. All patients admitted with suspicion of liver abscess were confirmed with ultrasonography. After establishing sonological diagnosis according to criteria, the treatment was started from the day of admission which consisted of Antibiotics, USG guided Aspiration, Pigtail catheterization and Open surgical Drainage. RESULTS Forty five cases of Amoebic liver abscess were studied; 28 patients (62% were between 21 and 40 years of age. Male-to-Female ratio was 14:1. All the patients were from rural background. History of alcoholism was present in 10 patients (22.2%. Plain X-ray abdomen showed signs of peritonitis in 2 patients. Right lobe of liver was involved in 40 cases and left lobe in 3 cases. Both lobes were involved in 2 cases. Twenty six cases were treated conservatively, 11 cases by aspiration, 6 patients by pigtail catheterization. Two patients underwent open surgical drainage for perforated liver abscess. Complications noted in our series were rupture into peritoneal cavity in 2 cases; mortality was seen in 1 case. CONCLUSION Amoebic liver abscess is still one of the commonest parasitic infections of the liver in developing countries. Prompt diagnosis, aggressive medical treatment along with minimal intervention can keep the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition to a bare minimum. The scope of surgery in this condition is

  1. Retromastoid-sub occipital: A novel approach to cerebello pontine angle in acoustic neuroma surgery-our experience in 21 cases

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    P K Nayak


    Full Text Available Background: Acoustic neuroma surgery poses significant challenges regarding definite management and preservation of hearing and the facial nerve are of great concern. Aim: To analyze the efficacy of the retromastoid approach in acoustic neuroma surgery. Materials and Methods: Tumors operated between January 2002 and December 2008, by the authors, using the retromastoid approach, were analyzed. Twenty-one patients who presented with acoustic tumor were considered for this study. Discussion: Precise knowledge of the neuroanatomy in the cerebellopontine angle is the key to success and microsurgical technique is the sole factor for good outcome. Conclusion: Retromastoid, in fact is the approach to the skull base with minimal or no damage to neurovascular structures, in contrast to the translabyrinthine or presigmoid approach.

  2. Absceso hepático asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis Liver abscess associated to lung abscess and endophthalmitis

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    Jairo Cordero-Chen


    Full Text Available El absceso hepático piógeno producido por Klebsiella pneumoniae es relativamente raro y puede complicarse con lesiones sépticas a distancia. Esto se relaciona con características propias del germen que incluyen el genotipo K1, resistencia a la fagocitosis y la presencia del gen mag-A. Tales metástasis sépticas contemplan absceso pulmonar, meningitis, endocarditis bacteriana y, muy especialmente, endoftalmitis. Esta última ocurre con mayor frecuencia en pacientes diabéticos, y puede causar ceguera. Se reporta caso de absceso hepático por K. pneumoniae asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis, y se revisa epidemiología, fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento de la entidad.The pyogenic liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae is relatively rare and can be complicated by distant septic metastases. This can be related to specific bacterial properties including genotype K1, resistance to phagocytosis and the presence of the gene mag-A. The septic metastases include lung abscess, meningitis, infective endocarditis and specially endophtalmitis. The latter is more frequent in diabetic patients and can result in blindness. We report a case of liver abscess produced by K. pneumoniae associated to pulmonary abscess and endophtalmitis, and review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

  3. Contact Angle Goniometer (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Description:The FTA32 goniometer provides video-based contact angle and surface tension measurement. Contact angles are measured by fitting a mathematical expression...

  4. Peritonsillar abscess: clinical aspects of microbiology, risk factors, and the association with parapharyngeal abscess. (United States)

    Klug, Tejs Ehlers


    PTA is a collection of pus located between the tonsillar capsule and the pharyngeal constrictor muscle. It is considered a complication of acute tonsillitis and is the most prevalent deep neck infection (approximately 2000 cases annually in Denmark) and cause of acute admission to Danish ENT departments. Teenagers and young adults are most commonly affected and males may predominate over females. However, no studies of age- and gender-stratified incidence rates have previously been published. Furthermore, smoking may be associated with increased risk of peritonsillar abscess (PTA) development, although the magnitude of the association has not been estimated. Complications are relatively rare. They include parapharyngeal abscess (PPA), upper airway obstruction, Lemierre´s syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, mediastinitis, erosion of the internal carotid artery, brain abscess, and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The treatment consists of abscess drainage and antimicrobial therapy. There are three accepted methods of surgical intervension: needle aspiration, incision and drainage (ID), and acute tonsillectomy (á chaud). Internationally, there is a strong trend towards less invasive surgical approach to PTA treatment with avoidance of acute tonsillectomy, needle aspiration instead of ID, and in some cases even antibiotic treatment without surgical drainage. The preferred antibiotic regimen varies greatly between countries and centers. Group A streptococcus (GAS) is the only established pathogen in PTA. However, GAS is only recovered from approximately 20% of PTA patients. The pathogens in the remaining 80% are unknown. Culturing of PTA pus aspirates often yields a polymicrobial mixture of aerobes and anaerobes. As the tonsils of healthy individuals are already heavily and diversely colonized, the identification of significant pathogens is challenging. In addition, when studying PTA microbiology, one must consider diagnostic precision, collection, handling, and

  5. [Liver abscesses - one of possible causes of fever of unknown origin]. (United States)

    Husa, P; Freibergerová, M; Svacinka, R; Nebeský, T; Neubauer, J; Robek, O; Turanská, K; Zimová, I


    Liver abscess is a focal suppurative liver process. According to the etiology liver abscesses are divided into bacterial (pyogenic), and parasiti (amebic). Parasitic cysts (e.g. caused by Echinococcus granulosus) can be secondary bacterial infected and their clinical and laboratory manifestations are like pyogenic abscesses. In clinical manifestation of liver abscesses dominates fever of unknown origin. Authors present two characteristic cases of liver abscesses as a Case reports. The origin of multiple pyogenic abscesses of mixed etiology (Enterococcus faecium, E. coli ESBL, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis) in 73-years old man was either in secondary infected liver hematomas after his fall and injury or in intrascapular subcutaneous abscess with spreading of microbes by blood stream into liver. Some of liver abscesses were evacuated during surgical laparotomy; the residual ones were puncted by radiologist under CT control. The patient was treated with combination of meropenem, vancomycin, metronidazol (4 weeks), and fluconazole (20 days). Antibiotic treatment with per oral doxycycline was continuing after patient's discharge from the hospital for 3 weeks. Three amebic liver abscesses were diagnosed in 27-years old man of Indian origin. The treatment was based on drainage of abscesses under CT control a long-term metronidazol treatment.

  6. Effectiveness of percutaneous catheter drainage for tuberculous iliopsoas abscess associated with tuberculous spondylitis

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    Shin, Kue Hee; Kim, Yun Hwan [Korea Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous catheter drainage of tuberculous abscess associated with tuberculous spondylitis. In twelve patients (male: female=1:2; mean age, 37.3 years) tuberculous abscess was diagnosed, and was treated by percutaneous abscess drainage(PAD). All patients had either a psoas or iliopsoas abscess and in two, a paravertebral abscess was also present. Four had bilateral lesions, one, a unilateral lesion, and one, paravertebral abscesses and bilateral psoas. The size of abscesses ranged from 4x5x12cm to 6x9x30cm;four were septated and all were lobulated. Using an 8.5-14F catheter, 17 of 18 abscesses were percutaneously drained; Ultrasound guidance was used in 12 cases, and CT guidance in five. The volume of drainage mater ranged from 150 to 1200 cc(mean, 600cc), and the duration of catheter insertion was 6-48 (mean, 17.4) days. In no patient did significant complications arise during or after drainage, and in all cases, follow-up studies using ultrasound, CT or MRI were performed. The duration of follow-up ranged from 3 to 35 (mean, 15.4) months; during this time, no recurrence was noted. Chemotherapy alone is sufficient for treating a small tuberculous psoas or iliopsoas abscess, but for a large abscess, adjuvant drainage is necessary.

  7. The first report of treatment of liver abscess due to Candida albicans with intra-abscess and intravenous administration of liposomal amphotericin B (Amphotec)

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    LIAO Wan-qing; YAO Zhi-rong; WEN Hai; XU Hong; YANG Song-lin; LIU Xing-hua; TAN Wei-ping


    Increasing reports on application and safety of liposomal amphotericin B (Amphotec) in the treatment of deep fungal infections have been described recently. This is the first report that a case of liver abscess due to Candida albicans was completely cured with intra-abscess and intravenous administration of liposomal amphotericin B without recurrence in three-year follow-up period.

  8. Spinal epidural abscess: a rare complication of olecranon bursitis. (United States)

    Evans, Rhys D R; Thaya, Moe; Chew, Ne Siang; Gibbons, Charles E R


    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but potentially fatal condition if left untreated. We report the case of a 67-year old man who presented to the Accident and Emergency department complaining of acute onset of inter-scapular back pain, left leg weakness and loss of sensation in the left foot. On examination he was found to be pyrexial with long tract signs in the left lower leg. In addition he had a left sided olecranon bursitis of three weeks duration. Blood tests revealed raised inflammatory markers and a staphylococcal bacteremia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and he subsequently underwent a three level laminectomy with good resolution of his back pain and neurological symptoms. He has made a complete recovery with a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics.

  9. Spinal epidural abscess: a rare complication of olecranon bursitis

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    Rhys D.R. Evans


    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but potentially fatal condition if left untreated. We report the case of a 67-year old man who presented to the Accident and Emergency department complaining of acute onset of inter-scapular back pain, left leg weakness and loss of sensation in the left foot. On examination he was found to be pyrexial with long tract signs in the left lower leg. In addition he had a left sided olecranon bursitis of three weeks duration. Blood tests revealed raised inflammatory markers and a staphylococcal bacteremia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and he subsequently underwent a three level laminectomy with good resolution of his back pain and neurological symptoms. He has made a complete recovery with a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics.

  10. Holocord spinal epidural abscess: Case report and literature review. (United States)

    Xiang, H; Ma, X; Shen, N; Yue, B; Zhang, G; Chen, B


    Holocord spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare condition. To our knowledge, five cases of SEA have been reported so far, and no consensus has been made on the treatment yet. In this article, we report a case of holocord SEA and review literature to further understanding of SEA. The advent of antibiotic treatment and the recognition of surgical debridement have been important in searching for alternatives to recovery, so the patient was treated surgically together with systemic antibiotics. The patient remained neurologically stable and continued to be clinically in good condition without any low back pain after 1 year. Surgical drainage, together with systemic antibiotics, is the main treatment choice for extensive SEAs. Although treatment should be considered that highlights the importance of examining the factors related to the health and condition of the patients and the anatomy and extent of the abscess, early surgical treatment associated with prolonged antibiotic treatment is necessary.

  11. [Psoas abscess and lumbar spine osteomyelitis: case report]. (United States)

    Silva, Ana M; Schmalbach, Lauwence A


    Psoas abscess is a common disease in children. It can have a nonspecific clinical presentation, insidious onset and sometimes fever. The most common type in children is the primary one; however, it can sometimes be of secondary origin and associated with severe infections such as osteomyelitis so a high index of suspicion is required to detect and treat it promptly. We present an unusual case of psoas abscess with infiltration of the vertebral body of L2 in a 14 year old male patient previously healthy with no history of trauma or fever on admission. X-ray and ultrasound were performed but the diagnosis was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbosacral spine. With positive blood cultures for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus he completed 2 weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy and 4 weeks of oral antibiotic therapy with blood cultures negativization and resolution of symptoms.

  12. Pulmonary Abscess In An Adult Horse: Report Case

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    Julio Enrique Gutiérrez Boada


    Full Text Available Pulmonary Abscess is the consequence of an inflammatory process delimitation on the lung, this illness is more common in young horses. On February 25 of 2006, was received at Large Animal Clinic of the National University of Colombia, a male horse, who was 5 years old, with the following symptoms: chronic cough, epistaxis, weight loss, jaundice and inflammation of limbs. The clinic exam found that the patient had a Pulmonary Abscess; for that reason it was started with antibiotic therapy (Rifampicina and Sulfa Trimetoprim and AINES (Flunixin Meglumine. During that period of time the patient showed different alterations in other systems (Diarrhea, Laminitis and Phlebitis which were treated and solved, before the patient leave de clinic.

  13. Radiofrequency ablation of a misdiagnosed Brodie’s abscess (United States)

    Chan, RS; Abdullah, BJJ; Aik, S; Tok, CH


    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy is recognised as a safe and effective treatment option for osteoid osteoma. This case report describes a 27-year-old man who underwent computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous RFA for a femoral osteoid osteoma, which was diagnosed based on his clinical presentation and CT findings. The patient developed worsening symptoms complicated by osteomyelitis after the procedure. His clinical progression and subsequent MRI findings had led to a revised diagnosis of a Brodie’s abscess, which was further supported by the eventual resolution of his symptoms following a combination of antibiotics treatment and surgical irrigations. This case report illustrates the unusual MRI features of osteomyelitis mimicking soft tissue tumours following RFA of a misdiagnosed Brodie’s abscess and highlights the importance of a confirmatory histopathological diagnosis for an osteoid osteoma prior to treatment. PMID:22291860

  14. Perianal abscess caused by Actinomyces: report of a case. (United States)

    Magdeburg, R; Grobholz, R; Dornschneider, G; Post, S; Bussen, D


    Most anal abscesses are caused by anal fistula and invasion of the surrounding tissues by a mixed colonic flora. The treatment comprises excision of the abscess and. if appropriate, fistulectomy. Primary anorectal actinomycosis and perianal actinomycosis are very rare and are caused by Actinomyces, which is a ubiquitous microaerophilic bacterium. Here we report a case of perianal actinomycosis. The patient had a short history of painless perineal induration without fever or leucocytosis with normal routine blood tests. After excision sulphur granules drained from the cavity and the pathological investigations were indicative of perianal actinomycosis. Appropriate surgery and antibiotic treatment healed the perianal infection. After elimination of other diagnoses, e.g. Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and malignant growths, this rare case of perianal actinomycosis should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of a painless perianal mass.

  15. [Cases of pyogenic iliopsoas abscesses in military men]. (United States)

    Solov'ev, A A; Petrushin, V V; Gaĭduk, V P; Zotov, I V; Pchelkin, V A; Siniakov, V F


    Four cases of pyogenic inflammation of the iliolumbar muscle were analyzed and 3 clinical cases of this disease in military men are described. A rare case of abscess of the iliolumbar muscle complicated by secondary appendicitis is also described. A hematogenic way of infection against the background of microtraumas and hematomas with m. Iliopsoas was the main one in the patients observed that was due to specificities of military service: permanent physical activity, pustular diseases of the lower extremities. The main clinical symptom of the disease is the symptom of the iliolumbar muscle. Ultrasonic scanning is the most informative method of diagnosis among additional methods. Operative treatment of the piogenic iliopsoas abscess is the only method of treatment, the open operative interventions by the retroperitoneal access being preferred. Antibacterial therapy in the postoperative period is based on the results of inoculation of the purulent discharge from the wound. Broad spectrum antibiotics must be used due to possible anaerobic character of the purulent inflammation.

  16. Chronic breast abscess due to Mycobacterium fortuitum: a case report

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    MacNeill Fiona A


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rapidly growing group of nontuberculous mycobacteria more common in patients with genetic or acquired causes of immune deficiency. There have been few published reports of Mycobacterium fortuitum associated with breast infections mainly associated with breast implant and reconstructive surgery. Case presentation We report a case of a 51-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to our one-stop breast clinic with a two-week history of left breast swelling and tenderness. Following triple assessment and subsequent incision and drainage of a breast abscess, the patient was diagnosed with Mycobacterium fortuitum and treated with antibiotic therapy and surgical debridement. Conclusion This is a rare case of a spontaneous breast abscess secondary to Mycobacterium fortuitum infection. Recommended treatment is long-term antibacterial therapy and surgical debridement for extensive infection or when implants are involved.

  17. Tubo-ovarian abscess with Morganella morganii bacteremia. (United States)

    Chou, Yen Yi; Chiu, Sheng Kang; Lai, Hung Cheng; Chang, Feng Yee


    Tubo-ovarian abscess caused by Morganella morganii is unusual. A 54-year-old menopausal woman visited the emergency room with lower abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever for 4 days. Pelvic examination revealed lifting tenderness over the right adnexum without motion tenderness of the uterus. Pelvic sonogram revealed a cystic lesion with heterogeneous content in the right ovary. Salpingo-oophoritis was suspected. Clindamycin and gentamicin were administered intravenously after obtaining blood cultures. Laparoscopy was done because of sustained fever, and an ovarian abscess was found. Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. The patient was discharged 5 days later and oral clindamycin was prescribed. However, she was readmitted due to intermittent fever. The result of blood culture obtained before surgery disclosed M. morganii, which was resistant to clindamycin and cefazolin. Her symptoms resolved after administration of intravenous flomoxef. This report highlights the fact that antimicrobial resistance of M. morganii may complicate the management and outcome of this infection.

  18. Pituitary abscess: a case report and review of the literature

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    Apostolos K A Karagiannis


    Full Text Available Pituitary abscess is a rare life-threating entity that is usually misdiagnosed as a pituitary tumor with a definite diagnosis only made postoperatively. Over the last several decades, advances in healthcare have led to a significant decrease in morbidity and mortality due to pituitary abscess. We report a case of a 34-year-old woman who was admitted to our department for investigation of a pituitary mass and with symptoms of pituitary dysfunction, headaches and impaired vision. During her admission, she developed meningitis-like symptoms and was treated with antibiotics. She eventually underwent transsphenoidal surgery for excision of the pituitary mass. A significant amount of pus was evident intraoperatively; however, no pathogen was isolated. Six months later, the patient was well and had full recovery of the anterior pituitary function. Her menses returned, and she was only on treatment with desmopressin for diabetes insipidus that developed postoperatively.

  19. A Rare Case: Isolated Testicular and Epidural Abscess Associated with Brucellosis

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    Tugce Kalayci


    Full Text Available Coincidence of isolated testicular abscess and epidural-paravertebral abscess is a rare complication of brucellosis. A 24-year-old male patient was admitted to our clinic with 2 months ongoing back pain, night sweats and left scrotal pain. Septal cystic lesion with dense content in the left testis was considered to isolated testicular abscess in scrotal Doppler examination. Multiple spinal epidural and right paraspinal abscess were detected in the spinal magnetic resonance imaging. The patient was treated with drainage of abscess and oral antibiotics. The rare combination of spinal epidural and testicular abscess should be kept in the mind if a patient presented with low back pain and scrotal pain in regions where brucellosis was endemic.

  20. Prevalence and correlates of abscesses among a cohort of injection drug users

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    Hogg Robert S


    Full Text Available Abstract Recent studies have indicated that injection-related infections such as abscesses and cellulitis account for the majority of emergency room visits and acute hospitalizations accrued by local injection drug users. The objective of this analysis was to examine the prevalence and correlates of developing an abscess among a cohort of injection drug users in Vancouver and to identify socio-demographic and drug use variables associated with abscesses at baseline. We examined abscesses among participants enrolled in a prospective cohort of injection drug users. Categorical variables were analyzed using the Pearson's chi-square test and continuous variables were analyzed using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Among 1 585 baseline participants, 341 (21.5% reported having an abscess in the last six months. In a logistic regression model that adjusted for all variables that were associated with having an abscess at p

  1. Bacterial Abscess Formation Is Controlled by the Stringent Stress Response and Can Be Targeted Therapeutically. (United States)

    Mansour, Sarah C; Pletzer, Daniel; de la Fuente-Núñez, César; Kim, Paul; Cheung, Gordon Y C; Joo, Hwang-Soo; Otto, Michael; Hancock, Robert E W


    Cutaneous abscess infections are difficult to treat with current therapies and alternatives to conventional antibiotics are needed. Understanding the regulatory mechanisms that govern abscess pathology should reveal therapeutic interventions for these recalcitrant infections. Here we demonstrated that the stringent stress response employed by bacteria to cope and adapt to environmental stressors was essential for the formation of lesions, but not bacterial growth, in a methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cutaneous abscess mouse model. To pharmacologically confirm the role of the stringent response in abscess formation, a cationic peptide that causes rapid degradation of the stringent response mediator, guanosine tetraphosphate (ppGpp), was employed. The therapeutic application of this peptide strongly inhibited lesion formation in mice infected with Gram-positive MRSA and Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Overall, we provide insights into the mechanisms governing abscess formation and a paradigm for treating multidrug resistant cutaneous abscesses.

  2. Multiple large splenic abscesses managed with computed tomography-guided percutaneous catheter drainage in children. (United States)

    Yeom, Jung Sook; Park, Ji Sook; Seo, Ji-Hyun; Park, Eun Sil; Lim, Jae-Young; Park, Chan Hoo; Woo, Hyang Ok; Park, Jung Je; Cho, Jae Min; Youn, Hee-Shang


    Splenic abscess is a rare finding in children. Splenectomy combined with broad-spectrum antibiotics has been the treatment of choice for multiple splenic abscesses. Herein, we report the case of a 14-year-old girl with multiple large splenic abscesses that were successfully managed after two image-guided percutaneous drainage procedures and administration of intravenous antibiotics. Initially, an abscess located at the periphery in the lower pole of the spleen was aspirated under ultrasound guidance. Finally, another abscess located near the hilum of the spleen was drained under computed tomography guidance. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of multiple large splenic abscesses treated with computed tomography-guided percutaneous drainage.

  3. Gonococcal Subcutaneous Abscess and Pyomyositis: A Case Report

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    Anupop Jitmuang


    Full Text Available Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI is an uncommon complication of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection, its manifestation varies from a classic arthritis-dermatitis syndrome to uncommon pyogenic infections of several organs. Herein, we reported atypical presentation of DGI with subcutaneous abscess of right knee, pyomyositis of right lower extremity, and subsequently complicated by Escherichia coli pyomyositis. This infection responded to appropriate antimicrobial therapy and prompt surgical management with good clinical outcome.

  4. Liver abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides: case report


    Pinilla,Análida Elizabeth; Myriam Consuelo LÓPEZ; Ricaurte, Orlando; CASTILLO,Blanca; Murcia, Martha Isabel; Nicholls, Rubén Santiago; Duque, Sofía; OROZCO Luis Carlos


    A case is reported of a woman who lived in a rural area with a chronic illness that consisted of weight loss and abdominal pain in the epigastrium and upper right quadrant. The initial diagnosis was a mass in the liver, which was later, demonstrated, both by direct and histological examination, to be an abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides. Eggs of Ascaris lumbricoides and abundant Charcot-Leyden Crystals were found.

  5. Pelvic Primary Staphylococcal Infection Presenting as a Thigh Abscess


    T. O. Abbas


    Intra-abdominal disease can present as an extra-abdominal abscess and can follow several routes, including the greater sciatic foramen, obturator foramen, femoral canal, pelvic outlet, and inguinal canal. Nerves and vessels can also serve as a route out of the abdomen. The psoas muscle extends from the twelfth thoracic and fifth lower lumbar vertebrae to the lesser trochanter of the femur, which means that disease in this muscle group can migrate along the muscle, out of the abdomen, and pres...

  6. Cardiobacterium hominis-induced acute dacryocystitis and lacrimal abscess

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    Guru Prasad Manderwad


    Full Text Available Cardiobacterium hominis is a member of the HACEK (Haemophilus sp., Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, C. hominis, Eikenella corrodens, and Kingella kingae group commonly associated with endocarditits and is normally present in the respiratory tract. We describe the first case of acute dacryocystitis with lacrimal abscess caused by C. hominis along with a brief review of the literature. The patient responded to oral and topical ciprofloxacin after incision and drainage and awaits dacryocystorhinostomy.

  7. The first case report of Raoultella planticola liver abscess. (United States)

    Sitaula, Sujata; Shahrrava, Anahita; Al Zoubi, Moamen; Malow, James


    Raoultella species are a group of gram-negative, non-motile bacilli commonly isolated from the environment. The group was considered a member of the genus Klebsiella until the late 1990s. Raoultella planticola is a rare cause of human infections. We report the first case of liver abscess caused by this organism. The patient was successfully treated with appropriate antimicrobials combined with operative drainage.

  8. The first case report of Raoultella planticola liver abscess

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    Sujata Sitaula, M.D


    Full Text Available Raoultella species are a group of gram-negative, non-motile bacilli commonly isolated from the environment. The group was considered a member of the genus Klebsiella until the late 1990s. Raoultella planticola is a rare cause of human infections. We report the first case of liver abscess caused by this organism. The patient was successfully treated with appropriate antimicrobials combined with operative drainage.

  9. Migratory and misleading abscess of oro-facial region (United States)

    ArunKumar, Kubsad Veerabhadrappa; Deepa, Dhruvakumar


    Acute pericoronitis usually presents with severe localized pain, swelling and sometimes trismus. However, chronic pericoronitis and periodontal abscess produce a dull pain, moderate swelling and are occasionally seen migrating into distant sites producing fistulae intra-orally and/or extra-orally. This may quite often cause diagnostic dilemmas necessitating thorough medical and dental history, careful clinical examination and sometimes special investigations to confirm the etiology and or origin of infection. Here, we present three such cases and their management. PMID:26392702

  10. Acute neonatal parotid abscess: A rare case report (United States)

    Kolekar, Shreesh; Chincholi, Tejas S.; Kshirsagar, Ashok; Porwal, Narendra


    Acute suppurative parotitis is uncommon in children and is very rare in neonates. Most common organism isolated is Staphylococcus aureus. We present a 15-day-old full-term breast-fed female neonate with left-sided acute parotid abscess. The baby presented with a left preauricular swelling, pain and redness. Pus was exuded from left Stensen's duct on compression of the gland externally. Early diagnosis and proper intravenous antibiotics are the keys to the treatment. PMID:28051052

  11. Yersinia hepatic abscesses subsequent to long-term iron therapy. (United States)

    Leighton, P M; MacSween, H M


    A 71-year-old woman who had been receiving iron injections for at least ten years was admitted to the Dr Everett Chalmers Hospital, Fredericton, New Brunswick. The initial diagnosis was metastatic tumors in the liver, but after further evaluation, the initial diagnosis was corrected to multiple hepatic abscesses due to Yersinia enterocolitica. The liver biopsy showed abundant iron deposition. With the appropriate antibiotic treatment, the patient recovered.

  12. Acute neonatal parotid abscess: A rare case report

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    Shreesh Kolekar


    Full Text Available Acute suppurative parotitis is uncommon in children and is very rare in neonates. Most common organism isolated is Staphylococcus aureus. We present a 15-day-old full-term breast-fed female neonate with left-sided acute parotid abscess. The baby presented with a left preauricular swelling, pain and redness. Pus was exuded from left Stensen's duct on compression of the gland externally. Early diagnosis and proper intravenous antibiotics are the keys to the treatment.

  13. An unusual case of non-traumatic pneumococcal mediastinal abscess. (United States)

    Lotan, C; Boneh, A; Tamir, I; Goitein, K J


    A 16-month old baby developed severe respiratory failure because of acute laryngitis and required mechanical ventilation. Intubation was complicated by aspiration and development of chemical pneumonia. Following 4 days of treatment the child was successfully extubated. Thirty six hours after extubation the patient again developed respiratory failure and on chest X-ray pneumomediastinum was seen and later evidence of a mediastinal abscess. Conservative treatment, with antibiotics, effected complete cure.

  14. Pyogenic liver abscess: An audit of 10 years’ experience

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    Tony CY Pang; Thomas Fung; Jaswinder Samra; Thomas J Hugh; Ross C Smith


    AIM: To describe our own experience with pyogenic liver abscesses over the past 10 years and investigate the risk factors associated with failure of initial percutaneous therapy. METHODS: A retrospective study of records of 63 PLA patients presenting between 1998 and 2008 to Australian tertiary referral centre, were reviewed. Amoebic and hydatid abscesses were excluded. Demographic, clinical, radiological, and microbiological characteristics, as well as surgical/radiological interventions, were recorded. RESULTS: Sixty-three patients (42 males, 21 females) aged 65 (± 14) years [mean ± (SD)] had prodromal symptoms for a median (interquartile range; IQR) of 7 (5-14) d. Only 59% of patients were febrile at presentation; however, the serum C-reactive protein was elevated in all 47 in whom it was measured. Liver function tests were non-specifically abnormal. 67% of patients had a solitary abscess, while 32% had > 3 abscesses with a median (IQR) diameter of 6.3 (4-9) cm. Causative organisms were: Streptococcus milleri 25%, Klebsiella pneumoniae 21%, and Escherichia coli 16%. A presumptive cryptogenic cause was most common (34%). Four patients died in this series: one from sepsis, two from advanced cancer, and one from acute myocardial infarction. The initial procedure was radiological aspiration ± drainage in 54 and surgery in two patients. 17% underwent surgical management during their hospitalization. Serum hypoalbuminaemia [mean (95% CI): 32 (29-35) g/L vs 28 (25-31) g/L, P = 0.045] on presentation was found to be the only factor related to failure of initial percutaneous therapy on univariate analysis. CONCLUSION: PLA is a diagnostic challenge, because the presentation of this condition is non-specific. Intravenous antibiotics and radiological drainage in the first instance allows resolution of most PLAs; However, a small proportion of patients still require surgical drainage.

  15. Sciatic Hernia Mimicking Perianal Abscess in a Cirrhotic Patient

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    Wellington Andraus


    Full Text Available Abdominal hernias are very frequent in cirrhotic patients with ascites. The hernias usually present as umbilical, inguinal, incisional, or femoral. However, these patients can also develop uncommon hernias such as pelvic hernias because of pelvic floor weakness and high abdominal pressure due to ascites. We present the first case of a cirrhotic patient with ascites that developed a giant sciatic hernia mimicking a perianal abscess.

  16. Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis Presenting as a Parotid Gland Abscess

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    Blenda Dias


    Full Text Available Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA is a small-vessel vasculitis consisting of necrotizing granulomatous lesions in airways and focal necrotizing glomerulonephritis. However, it may affect other sites such as the skin, central nervous system, eyes, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and liver. We describe a rare case of GPA in which the initial manifestation was the involvement of the parotid gland mimicking a pyogenic abscess.

  17. A case of splenic abscess after radiofrequency ablation

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    Dimitris Zacharoulis; Emmanuel Katsogridakis; Constantinos Hatzitheofilou


    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an innovative technique used primarily for the palliative treatment of unresectable liver tumors. Its therapeutic indications however, have been expanded and now include various other organs and diseases. There is a paucity of data regarding technical details and complications of the use of RFA in the spleen. We report a case of partial splenectomy using radiofrequency ablation for splenic hydatid disease,complicated by an abscess formation.

  18. US and CT findings of rectal amebian abscess

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    Guelek, B. [Dept. of Radiology, Adana Numune Teaching Hospital, Gar-Adana (Turkey); Oenel, S. [Dept. of General Surgery, Adana Numune Teaching Hospital, Gar-Adana (Turkey)


    An interesting case of rectal amebic abscess is presented. Ultrasound and CT images provided the diagnosis of a cystic intramural mass at the rectal wall of a young man, who complained of pelvic pain, constipation, and fever. His clinical history of amebiasis and the finding of trophozoids and cysts at the stool swap confirmed the diagnosis. Intravenous metronidazole therapy cured the disease and led to total disappearance of the mass, and clinical well-being. (orig.) With 4 figs., 6 refs.

  19. Brodie's abscess in a tibia dating from the Neolithic period. (United States)

    Lagier, R; Baud, C A; Kramar, C


    Radiological and macroscopic characteristics typical of Brodie's abscess were observed in inferior metaphysis of a tibia estimated to be 5,000 years old. The use of rigorous anatomico-radiological criteria in studies of bone paleopathology can provide the doctor with accurate data regarding diseases of the past in bone specimens rarely at their disposal. This approach is also necessary to obtain valid data for paleontologists, prehistorians and archeologists.

  20. Disseminated nocardiosis with psoas abscess in a patient with AIDS: first reported case. (United States)

    Corti, Marcelo; Solari, Rubén; De Carolis, Luis; Cangelos, Diana; Bianchi, Mario; Negroni, Ricardo


    Psoas muscle abscess is an uncommon infection that have been diagnosed increasingly in the last years. We present a case of a patient with advanced human immunodeficiency virus infection who developed a disseminated infection due to Nocardia asteroides sensu stricto type VI with psoas abscess. To our knowledge no other cases of Nocardia psoas abscess in the setting of HIV infection have been reported in the literature.

  1. Psoas abscess with septic arthritis of the hip: a case report. (United States)

    Belet, Nurşen; Akyurt, Büşra; Karlı, Arzu; Gülman, Birol; Selçuk, Mustafa Bekir; Şensoy, Gülnar


    Psoas abscess associated with septic arthritis of the hip is unusual in infants. A 12-month-old infant presented with the complaints of fever, left hip pain and limp. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed left psoas abscess accompanied by septic arthritis of the hip. In this report, we present a case of psoas abscess with hip septic arthritis in an infant, and we describe the clinical and radiological findings and treatment of this case.

  2. Ingestion and Pharyngeal Trauma Causing Secondary Retropharyngeal Abscess in Five Adult Patients

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    Sudhir B. Sharma


    Full Text Available Retropharyngeal abscess most commonly occurs in children. When present in adults the clinical features may not be typical, and associated immunosuppression or local trauma can be part of the presentation. We present a case series of five adult patients who developed foreign body ingestion trauma associated retropharyngeal abscess. The unusual pearls of each case, along with their outcomes, are discussed. Pertinent information for the emergency medicine physician regarding retropharyngeal abscess is presented as well.

  3. Multiple bilateral costo-chondral abscesses due toMycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Peter G; Basti SR; Joy AS


    Multiple abscesses of the costo-chondral junctions are very uncommon in practice. In this report we present the case of a55 year old man who presented to us with chest pain and fever of few months duration. On imaging with ultrasound andCECT we were able to demonstrate multiple abscesses of costo-chondral junctions bilaterally. We confirmed tuberculosis by FNAC and BACTEC cultures from abscesses.

  4. Neck swelling from a retropharyngeal abscess caused by penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae: a case report



    Background In small children, retropharyngeal abscesses usually occur after upper respiratory tract infections. Unlike in adults, these abscesses are difficult to diagnose in small children, and can rapidly develop into deep neck or mediastinal abscesses. Case presentation A 2-year-old Japanese boy recently presented to our department with a chief complaint of neck swelling. Physical examination revealed bilateral tonsillitis and swelling of the left posterior pharyngeal wall. Emergency neck ...

  5. A rare complication following maxillary third molar extraction: infratemporal fossa abscess

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    Görkem Müftüoğlu


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    Infratemporal fossa abscess formation is a very rare and life threatening condition and also its differential diagnosis is a very difficult process. Infratemporal fossa abscess following the non-infected, asymptomatic, erupted maxillary third molar extraction in a young and healthy patient is an unexpected and unusual complication.

    A 25 years old, male patient with a significant infratemporal fossa abscess and his treatment protocol was presented in this case report.

  6. Primary Tubercular Liver Abscess Complicated by Tubercular Meningitis in Portal Cavernoma Cholangiopathy (United States)

    Choksi, Dhaval; Poddar, Prateik; Shah, Kaivan; Ingle, Meghraj; Sawant, Prabha


    While hepatic tuberculosis is rare, primary tubercular liver abscess (TLA) is a rarer condition even in endemic countries such as India. Liver abscess in portal cavernoma cholangiopathy (PCC) is predominantly pyogenic. A 14-year-old girl was found to have PCC with multiple liver abscesses. Persistent fever and development of neurological symptoms prompted further evaluation, and she was found to have primary TLA complicated by tubercular meningitis. We report a rare case of primary TLA complicated by tubercular meningitis in asymptomatic PCC.

  7. Streptococcus oralis cerebral abscess following monkey bite in a 2-month-old infant. (United States)

    Thiagarajan, Srinivasan; Krishnamurthy, Sriram; Raghavan, Renitha; Mahadevan, Subramanian; Madhugiri, Venkatesh S; Sistla, Sujatha


    Although cerebral abscesses caused by animal bites have been reported, they are extremely rare in infants and have not been described following monkey bite. A 55-day-old male infant presented with a multi-loculated Streptococcus oralis cerebral abscess following a monkey bite on the scalp. There was a clinical response to antibiotic therapy and repeated surgical aspiration followed by a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. This is the first report of a patient with a brain abscess following a monkey bite.

  8. An 81-year-old male with iliopsoas abscess by Streptococcus sanguis. (United States)

    dos Santos, Vitorino Modesto; Fachinelli, Leticia Rita; Farage, Luciano; de Souza Lima, Gylseanne; Machado de Carvalho, Maira Rocha; Nogueira de Andrade, Igor Gabriel


    Iliopsoas muscle abscess is an uncommon condition, which has been growing in incidence. We describe a primary iliopsoas abscess by Streptococcus sanguis affecting an 81-year-old man cured by antibiotic therapy and aspiration procedure. The objective is to enhance the suspicion index about the iliopsoas abscess that may be mistaken for other causes of acute abdomen. The important diagnostic role of abdominal imaging studies is also emphasised.

  9. Post-traumatic hepatic artery pseudo-aneurysm combined with subphrenic liver abscess treated with embolization

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    Long Sun; Yong-Song Guan; Hua Wu; Wei-Min Pan; Xiao Li; Qing He; Yuan Liu


    A 23-year-old man with post-traumatic hepatic artery pseudo-aneurysm and subphrenic liver abscess was admitted. He underwent coil embolization of hepatic artery pseudo-aneurysm. The pseudo-aneurysm was successfully obstructed and subphrenic liver abscess was controlled. Super-selective trans-catheter coil embolization may represent an effective treatment for hepatic artery pseudo-aneurysm combined with subphrenic liver abscess in the absence of other therapeutic alternatives.

  10. Thoracic spinal epidural abscess caused by Salmonella typhi. (United States)

    Abdullah, Saad Hamdan; Ata, Osama Abu; El-Adwan, Nael


    A 56-year-old man presented with a rare spinal epidural abscess manifesting as attacks of back pain associated with fever, weight loss, generalized weakness and fatigability, and constipation. He had multiple skin pustules in the last 4 months treated with oral amoxicillin. He had suffered diabetes mellitus for the last 5 years and was insulin dependent. Physical examination found slight paraparesis with sensory loss around the nipple and sphincteric urgency, and diabetic retinopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging showed edematous T2, T3, and T4 vertebral bodies, and narrow enhanced T3-4 disk space with a soft tissue enhanced mass mostly anterior to the spinal cord and indenting the cord. T3-4 costotransversectomy was performed to remove the extradural mass and evacuate the intradiscal material. Histological examination of the bone found osteomyelitis, and culture of the soft tissue showed Salmonella typhi sensitive to ceftriaxone and ciprofloxacin. Intravenous ceftriaxone administration was started, and the patient was discharged after 6 days in good condition. The outcome of spinal epidural abscess is devastating unless recognized and treated early. The present case of spinal epidural abscess in the thoracic spine caused by Salmonella typhi infection illustrates the importance of cultures to assess the drug sensitivity of the specific strain detected and adjusting the treatment accordingly.

  11. Phellinus tropicalis Abscesses in a Patient with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (United States)

    Ramesh, Manish; Resnick, Elena; Hui, Yiqun; Maglione, Paul J.; Mehta, Harshna; Kattan, Jacob; Bouvier, Nicole M.; LaBombardi, Vincent; Victor, Tanya R.; Chaturvedi, Sudha


    Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD), caused by genetic defects in components of the phagocyte NADPH oxidase pathway, leads to recurrent life-threatening bacterial and invasive fungal infections. While a number of unique pathogens have been associated with this disease, the causative organisms may be difficult to identify. Here, we present a 24 year old male with known X-linked CGD who concurrently developed a cervical abscess and an abscess in the subcutaneous tissues of the right hip, both of which were surgically drained. Cultures failed to identify any organisms. He was treated empirically with ertapenem but the hip abscess recurred at the original site and in contiguous dependent areas in the posterior thigh and knee. A filamentous organism was observed microscopically, initially considered a contaminant, but on culture yielded a mold growth, identified as Phellinus tropicalis (synonym: Inonotus tropicalis) based on phenotypic and molecular methods. This is the third case report of human infection with P. tropicalis, all in subjects with CGD. The patient was treated with voriconazole with resolution of his symptoms. PMID:24310980

  12. Successful neuroendoscopic treatment of intraventricular brain abscess rupture

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    Takafumi Nishizaki


    Full Text Available Intraventricular rupture of a brain abscess is still associated with a high mortality rate. Here, we report such a case in a patient with normal immunity that was treated successfully using neuroendoscopic approach. A 69-yearold man who had presented with headache and fever developed confusion and restlessness. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a mass with ring enhancement extending to the right ventricle. Emergency aspiration of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF from the spinal canal revealed severe purulent meningitis. Bacterial culture of the CSF and blood was negative. Because of prolonged consciousness disturbance, the patient underwent evacuation of the intraventrcular abscess using a neuroendoscope. The pus was centrifuged and collected for bacterial culture, and this revealed Streptococcus intermedius/milleri. After implantation of a ventricular catheter, gentamicin sulfate was administered twice a day for 9 days. Cefotaxime sodium was also administered intravenously for 14 days, followed by oral administration of cefcapene pivoxil hydrochloride for 10 days. The patient made a complete recovery, and was discharged 31 days after admission. After 20 months of follow-up, he is doing well and has returned to his work. In cases of intraventricular rupture of a brain abscess, a neuroendoscopic approach is useful for evacuation of intraventricular debris or septum, and identification of the causative bacterium for selection of antibiotics, possibly reducing the period of hospitalization.

  13. Intrasellar abscess simultaning a Rathke's clef cyst

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    Nakashima, Toshihiko; Murakawa, Takatsugu; Iwai, Tomohiko; Hirata, Toshifumi; Sakai, Noboru


    Both symptomatic Rathke's cleft cyst and intrasellar abscess are exceedingly rare. We present a case of intrasellar abscess developed in a Rathke's cleft cyst. A 60-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with complaints of polyuria, polydipsia, headache, and remittent fever. On admission, his neurological and ophthalmological examination was normal. Panhypopituitarism was revealed by endocrine testing. Plain-skull X-ray films showed no abnormalities, but a CT scan showed a small cystic lesion with a ring-like enhancement in the sella turcica and paranasal sinusitis. Further sagittal reconstruction of the CT scan demonstrated that the diaphragma sellae protruded upwards and that the pituitary stalk was markedly enhanced and enlarged. After the sinusitis improved, transsphenoidal surgery was carried out. Approximately 1 ml of the purulent contents were aspirated from the intrasellar region. The postoperative course was uneventful. A histological examination of the abscess wall revealed a ciliated columnar epithelium and inflammatory-cell infiltration beneath the epithelium.

  14. Citrobacter freundii brain abscess in a preterm infant: a case report and literature review. (United States)

    Plakkal, Nishad; Soraisham, Amuchou Singh; Amin, Harish


    Intracranial abscesses are serious conditions but uncommon in preterm neonates. Citrobacter species are an uncommon cause of bacterial meningitis in neonates, but are associated with brain abscesses in a majority of cases. We report a preterm infant who developed Citrobacter freundii meningitis with brain abscess, who was successfully treated with antibiotics and surgical drainage. The infant had normal neurological outcome at follow-up. We report this case to highlight the importance of serial neuroimaging in the diagnosis of cerebral abscess in infants with Citrobacter meningitis.

  15. Atypical pyogenic brain abscess evaluation by diffusion-weighted imaging: diagnosis with multimodality MR imaging. (United States)

    Ozbayrak, Mustafa; Ulus, Ozden Sila; Berkman, Mehmet Zafer; Kocagoz, Sesin; Karaarslan, Ercan


    Whether a brain abscess is apparent by imaging depends on the stage of the abscess at the time of imaging, as well as the etiology of the infection. Because conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is limited in its ability to distinguish brain abscesses from necrotic tumors, advanced techniques are required. The management of these two disease entities differs and can potentially affect the clinical outcome. We report a case having atypical imaging features of a pyogenic brain abscess on advanced MRI, in particular, on diffusion-weighted and perfusion imaging, in a patient with osteosarcoma undergoing chemotherapy.

  16. Diffuse large B cell lymphoma presenting as a peri-anal abscess. (United States)

    Jayasekera, Hasanga; Gorissen, Kym; Francis, Leo; Chow, Carina


    A non-healing peri-anal abscess can be difficult to manage and is often attributed to chronic disease. This case documents a male in his seventh decade who presented with multiple peri-anal collections. The abscess cavity had caused necrosis of the internal sphincter muscles resulting in faecal incontinence. Biopsies were conclusive for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. A de-functioning colostomy was performed and the patient was initiated on CHOP-R chemotherapy. Anal lymphoma masquerading as a peri-anal abscess is rare. A high degree of suspicion must be maintained for an anal abscess which does not resolve with conservative management.

  17. [A case of subcapsular liver abscess secondary to perforating ulcer of gastric cancer]. (United States)

    Jung, Hyun Gwang; Kim, Do Hyeong; Lee, Chang Hun


    Intrahepatic abscess is an unusual complication of peptic ulcer disease. We present a case of gastric cancer in which the ulcer penetrated into the left lobe of liver with subsequent abscess and fistula formation. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy confirmed ulcers and a fistula opening in the antrum. Abdominal computed tomogram showed a subcapsular liver abscess adjacent to the gastric antrum. Subtotal gastrectomy with curettage of the fistulous tract was performed. The final diagnosis was the signet ring cell gastric carcinoma complicating subcapsular liver abscess. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in Korea.

  18. Use of intraoperative ultrasound for localizing difficult parapharyngeal space abscesses in children. (United States)

    Duque, Carlos S; Guerra, Lisandro; Roy, Soham


    While treatment of parapharyngeal and deep-space neck abscesses has progressed rapidly due to improvements in diagnostic imaging and medical therapy, surgical drainage remains the mainstay of treatment for larger and medically unresponsive abscesses. In many cases the intricate and delicate anatomy in children represents a challenging situation for the surgeon, particularly if he or she is not experienced in the care of the pediatric population. We present a novel idea used in the surgical management of parapharyngeal space abscesses in three children less that 6 years of age, in whom intraoperative ultrasound was used as an additional tool to locate and successfully drain the abscess.

  19. A prospective study of USG guided pigtail catheter drainage in management of liver abscess

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    Haresh B. Italiya


    Full Text Available Background: Treatment of the liver abscess of any etiology has evolved in the recent years. Percutaneous drainage of liver abscess has been an important advancement in the treatment of pyogenic liver abscesses. Aim: to evaluate and assess response, morbidity and complication rates of percutaneous pig tail catheter drainage in treatment of liver abscess. Methods: During a period of 27 months, 25 patients with liquefied liver abscess and #8805;5x5 cm underwent percutaneous drainage under sonographic guidance. Results: 18 had solitary abscess, while 7 had multiple abscesses. Pigtail catheters of various sizes (10 F or 12 F were introduced in these patients using the Seldinger technique. The volume of pus drained ranged from 150 to 400 ml, while the period of catheter drainage ranged from 6 to 17 days. Complications were minor and included catheter blockage in 2 patients and tract pain in 8 patients. There was no mortality associated with this procedure. This study shows a success rate of 96% (successful treatment in 24 out of 25 patients. Conclusion: Percutaneous catheter drainage of liver abscesses is successful with a low morbidity and mortality and should be the first line of management in liquefied moderate to large sized liver abscesses. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(3.000: 574-578

  20. Medical management of cerebellar abscess: a case report and review of the literature. (United States)

    Turner, Ryan C; Dodson, Sean C; Rosen, Charles L


    A large abscess of the posterior fossa often warrants surgical intervention. We report a case of a 50-year-old male presenting with a cerebellar abscess measuring 2.8 cm x 1.6 cm located in the left cerebellar hemisphere at the level of the middle cerebellar peduncle that was treated conservatively and successfully with antibiotics. Therapeutic management options are discussed in regards to this case specifically as well as a review of the literature. This case illustrates the successful medical management of a cerebellar abscess of otogenic origin in an adult, a unique result in terms of abscess size and age of the patient.

  1. Computed tomography-guided percutaneous catheter drainage of primary and secondary iliopsoas abscesses

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    Cantasdemir, M. E-mail:; Kara, B.; Cebi, D.; Selcuk, N.D.; Numan, F


    AIM: To report our experience with computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD) of iliopsoas abscesses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two iliopsoas abscesses in 21 patients (11 women, 10 men) aged between 18 and 66 years (mean 36 years) were treated with PCD. Abdominal CT demonstrated the iliopsoas abscesses, which were definitively determined by Gram staining and aspirate cultures. Twenty of the 22 iliopsoas abscesses were primary and two were secondary. All PCD procedures were performed under local anaesthesia using a single-step trocar technique (n=19) or Seldinger technique (n=3). RESULTS: PCD was an effective treatment in 21 out of the 22 iliopsoas abscesses. Recurrence was seen in three abscesses as minimal residual collections. Two of them resolved spontaneously with anti-tuberculous regimen. One required percutaneous needle aspiration. The procedure failed in a diabetic patient with a secondary abscess, who died due to sepsis. The length of time that catheters remained in place ranged from 21 to 75 days (mean 59.7 days). Complications included catheter dislocation in four abscesses, which required removal of dislocated catheters and indwelling new ones. CONCLUSION: CT-guided PCD is a safe and effective front-line treatment of iliopsoas abscesses. Surgery should be reserved for failure of PCD and presence of contraindications to PCD.

  2. An unusual case of a cheek abscess in a patient with oral submucous fibrosis

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    Sushma Pandey Dhakal


    Full Text Available Abscess formation in the soft tissues of the face is not an uncommonly encountered phenomenon in dental practice. However, the presence of oral mucosal pathologies can alter the manifestation of abscess formation. We report the illustration of a 51-year-old man, a known case of oral submucous fibrosis, who presented to us with a buccal abscess. After drainage of the abscess 2 days later, a piece of meat-bone was retrieved and found to be the causative factor. The paper discusses briefly the effects of such foreign body impaction and the clinician′s role in the management.

  3. Clinical usefulness of c-arm cone-beam CT inpercutaneous drainage of inaccessible abscess

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    So, Young Ho; Choi, Young Ho; Woo, Hyun Sik; Moon, Min Hoan; Sung, Chang Kyu [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul Metropolitan Government Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hur, Bo Yun [Dept. of Radiology, National Cancer Center, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of C-arm cone-beam CT (CBCT) in drainage of inaccessible abscesses. To identify the trajectory of the needle or guide wire, CBCT was performed on 21 patients having an inaccessible abscess. CBCT was repeated until proper targeting of the abscess was achieved, before the insertion of a large bore catheter. The etiology, location of the abscess, causes of inaccessibility, radiation dose, technical and clinical success rates of drainage, and any complications confronted, were evaluated. A total of 29 CBCTs were performed for 21 abscesses. Postoperative and non-postoperative abscesses were 9 (42.9%) and 12 (57.1%) in number, respectively. Direct puncture was performed in 18 cases. In 3 cases, the surgical drain or the fistula opening was used as an access route. The causes of inaccessibility were narrow safe window due to adjacent or overlying organs (n = 9), irregularly dispersed abscess (n = 7), deep location with poor sonographic visualization (n = 4), and remote location of the abscess from surgical drain (n = 1). Technical and clinical successes were 95.5% and 100%, respectively. Cumulative air kerma and dose-area product were 21.62 ± 5.41 mGy and 9179.87 ± 2337.70 mGycm2, respectively. There were no procedure related complications. CBCT is a useful technique for identifying the needle and guide wire during drainage of inaccessible abscess.

  4. Usefulness of intracavitary urokinase injection under sonographic guidance in treatment for periappendiceal abscess

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    Ha, Jong Soo; Cha, Sang Hoon; Kim, Beak Hyun; Jung, Hwan Hoon; Kim, Taik Kun [Ansan Hospital, Korea University School of Medicine, Ansan (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Bo Kyoung; Chung, Kyoo Byung [Anam Hospital, Korea University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Cheol Min [Guro Hospital, Korea University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate usefulness of intracavitary urokinase injection for the treatment of small sized periappendiceal abscess which was not unsuitable for percutaneous catheter drainage. From December 1997 to December 1999, we performed intracavitary injection of urokinase as a treatment of periappendiceal abscess in six patients. Initially, aspiration of the abscess was done using a 18 G needle under sonographic guidance. We measured the maximal length of residual abscess and injected 5000 IU of urokinase per centimeter of the diameter of the residual abscess. 24 hours after the injection of urokinase, repeated aspiration of the residual abscess was done, and follow-up sonographic examination was performed. The size of initial abscesses in each patients was ranged from 1.6 X 1.2 to 5.8 X 3.4 cm (mean=3.9 X 2.4 cm), and initial volume of aspirated pus was ranged from 3 to 31 cc (mean=11.8 cc).24 hour after the injection, the volume of respirated pus was ranged from 4 to 13.5 cc (mean=10.4 cc). Follow-up sonography performed 3 to 10 days later revealed no residual abscess. The mean duration of hospitalization was 5.5 days. Intracavitary urokinase injection under the sonographic guidance can be a useful method for the treatment of small sized periappendiceal abscess which is not suitable for percutaneous catheter drainage.

  5. Morganella morganii , subspecies morganii, biogroup A: An unusual causative pathogen of brain abscess

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    Asha B Patil


    Full Text Available Morganella morganii is a gram negative aerobe , found often as intestinal commensal. It is commonly implicated in Urinary tract infections and pyogenic infections, but rarely causes CNS infections especially brain abscess. There are very few published reports of Morganella morganii as a causative pathogen in brain abscess. High index of suspicion of this pathogen is important in cases of brain abscess secondary to otogenic infections. This paper reports an unusual case of Morganella morganii, subspecies morganii, biogroup A Brain abscess .The paper also reviews other infections caused by Morganell morganii.

  6. Morganella morganii, subspecies morganii, biogroup A: An unusual causative pathogen of brain abscess. (United States)

    Patil, Asha B; Nadagir, Shobha D; Lakshminarayana, Sa; Syeda, Fasiha M


    Morganella morganii is a gram negative aerobe , found often as intestinal commensal. It is commonly implicated in Urinary tract infections and pyogenic infections, but rarely causes CNS infections especially brain abscess. There are very few published reports of Morganella morganii as a causative pathogen in brain abscess. High index of suspicion of this pathogen is important in cases of brain abscess secondary to otogenic infections. This paper reports an unusual case of Morganella morganii, subspecies morganii, biogroup A Brain abscess. The paper also reviews other infections caused by Morganell morganii.

  7. Dumb-bell shaped tuberculous abscess across the greater sciatic notch compressing both sciatic nerves. (United States)

    Baba, H; Okumura, Y; Furusawa, N; Omori, H; Kawahara, H; Fujita, T; Katayama, K; Noriki, S


    We report an instructive case of a 65-year-old man who presented with a dumb-bell shaped tuberculous abscess across the greater sciatic notch bilaterally compressing both sciatic nerves. Clinical symptoms progressed slowly and mimicked lumbar radiculopathy, thus delaying an accurate diagnosis. Anterolateral retroperitoneal and posterolateral gluteal approaches of the greater sciatic notch as well as the acetabulum on both sides were followed in order to provide safe viewing and resection of the abscess. The abscess wall was adherent to the sciatic nerve and surrounding blood vessels. The symptoms completely disappeared after resection of the abscess.

  8. Nocardia Brain Abscess and CD4+ Lymphocytopenia in a Previously Healthy Individual

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    Norair Adjamian


    Full Text Available Nocardia brain abscesses are a known occurrence in patients with immunocompromised conditions. Nocardial infection is commonly an unfortunate sequela to other complications which these patients are being followed up and treated for. The incidence of nocardial brain abscess in an otherwise healthy patient is extremely rare. We present a case of Nocardia brain abscess in a previously healthy individual, who, upon workup for vision and gait abnormalities, was shown to have multiple brain abscesses and a decreased absolute CD4+ lymphocyte count. Adding to the rarity of our case, the finding of lymphocytopenia in our patient was unrelated to any known predisposing condition or infectious state.

  9. Tuberculous abscess in hepatoduodenal ligament: Evaluation with contrast-enhanced computed tomography

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    Peng Dong; Bin Wang; Ye-Quan Sun


    Two patients with tuberculous abscess in the hepatoduodenal ligament were studied. Both patients underwent contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan. The abscess showed a low density with an irregular thick wall in the hepatoduodenal ligament on CT images, the margin was poorly defined. Contrastenhanced CT images showed the contrast-enhanced thick wall, homogeneous and peripheral-enhanced lymph nodes. Although features of the tuberculous abscess in the hepatoduodenal ligament could be conspicuously shown with contrast-enhanced CT, further experience is needed to evaluate the potential value of CT in detecting early tuberculous abscess in relation to other entities in the hepatoduodenal ligament.

  10. Surgical Treatment of Facial Abscesses and Facial Surgery in Pet Rabbits. (United States)

    Capello, Vittorio


    Odontogenic facial abscesses associated with periapical infections and osteomyelitis of the jaw represent an important part of the acquired and progressive dental disease syndrome in pet rabbits. Complications such as retromasseteric and retrobulbar abscesses, extensive osteomyelitis of the mandible, and empyemas of the skull are possible sequelae. Standard and advanced diagnostic imaging should be pursued to make a detailed and proper diagnosis, and plan the most effective surgical treatment. This article reviews the surgical anatomy, the pathophysiology, and the classification of abscesses and empyemas of the mandible, the maxilla, and the skull. It also discusses surgical techniques for facial abscesses.

  11. Hepatic abscess induced by foreign body: Case report and literature review

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    Sofia A Santos; Jo(a)o R Deus; Sara CF Alberto; Elsa Cruz; Eduardo Pires; Tomás Figueira; (E)lia Coimbra; José Estevez; Mário Oliveira; Luís Novais


    Hepatic abscess due to perforation of the gastrointestinal tract caused by ingested foreign bodies is uncommon.Pre-operative diagnosis is difficult as patients are often unaware of the foreign body ingestion and symptoms and imagiology are usually non-specific. The authors report a case of 62-year-old woman who was admitted with fever and abdominal pain. Further investigation revealed hepatic abscess, without resolution despite antibiotic therapy. A liver abscess resulting from perforation and intra-hepatic migration of a bone coming from the pilorum was diagnosed by surgery. The literature concerning foreign body-induced perforation of the gastrointestinal tract complicated by liver abscess is reviewed.

  12. Clinical presentation and diagnostic difficulties in amoebic liver abscess

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    Kaushal D Suthar


    Full Text Available Background Amoebic liver abscess (ALA is a common and major health problem in India. ALA has a highly variable presentation, causing diagnostic difficulties. Early and correct diagnosis of Amoebic liver abscess is essential, because delayed diagnosis and treatment leads to complications which has significantly higher morbidity and mortality than uncomplicated disease. Objective To find out different clinical presentation and its differential diagnosis in order to establish early diagnosis of ALA. Patients and Methods This retrospective, observational study was carried out in the Department of Surgery during February 2010 to May 2013. Inclusion criteria were defined. The data of patients were enrolled according to variables in performa predesigned for this study and analyzed. Results 187 cases of ALA were enrolled with male to female ratio of 2.8:1. Right hypochondrial pain occurred in 69.52%, left hypochondrial pain occurred in 6.41%, pain radiating to tip of right shoulder in 8.02%, fever in 86.64%, co-incident diarrhea in 36.37% and concurrent pulmonary symptoms in 12.84%. The most common signs were tender hepatomegaly in 73.74% and jaundice in 17.65%. 3.20% patients had past history of aspiration of ALA. 23.52% patients had ruptured abscess. 11.12% were due to delayed diagnosis and 1.60% was ruptured despite treatment. Mortality rate was 3.20% amongst patients with ruptured ALA. Diabetes, hypertension, AIDS and alcoholism were commonly associated co morbidities. Right lobe (82.36% is commonly involved than left lobe and single abscess (83.42% was more common than multiple abscess. Diagnosis was missed in 30.48% patients particularly those with atypical presentations. Ultrasonography, Computerized tomography (CT scan with diagnostic aspiration were useful in diagnosing ALA. Conclusion The typical features of ALA, which include pain, fever and tender hepatomegaly, are nonspecific. ALA may be missed because of variable clinical features and

  13. Microbial flora of odontogenic abscesses in pet guinea pigs. (United States)

    Minarikova, A; Hauptman, K; Knotek, Z; Jekl, V


    Abscesses of odontogenic origin in guinea pigs pose a serious health problem and need to be treated with a combination of surgical and medical therapy. The aim of this prospective study was to describe the microbial flora of odontogenic abscesses associated with osteomyelitis in 24 pet guinea pigs, to perform antibiotic sensitivity testing, and to make recommendations for practitioners on the antibiotics of first choice. Inclusion criteria for the study included the animal being diagnosed with an odontogenic abscess which underwent surgery and was not pre-treated with an antibiotic. Inclusion criteria matched for 24 guinea pigs. Samples (pus, capsule and affected tooth/bone) for bacteriological examination were collected under sterile conditions during the surgical procedure. The most commonly isolated bacteria from abscesses of odontogenic origin were Bacteroides fragilis in 12.8 per cent (6/47) of cases, Pasteurella multocida in 10.6 per cent (5/47) and Peptostreptococcus anaerobius in 8.5 per cent (4/47). Aerobic bacterial species only were isolated in 29.2 per cent (7/24) of cases, anaerobic bacteria only were isolated in 33.3 per cent (8/24), and mixed infection with anaerobic and aerobic bacterial species was seen in 37.5 per cent (9/24). Aerobes (n=20) were sensitive to enrofloxacin and marbofloxacin in 100 per cent of samples, benzylpenicillin potassium (penicillin G, PNCG) in 90 per cent, cephalotin in 85 per cent, amoxicillin-clavulanate in 75 per cent, doxycycline in 70 per cent, gentamicin in 65 per cent and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole in 55 per cent. Anaerobes (n=27) were sensitive to amoxicillin-clavulanate in 100 per cent of cases, clindamycin in 96.3 per cent, metronidazole in 92.6 per cent, PNCG in 92.6 per cent and cephalotin in 74.1 per cent. As guinea pigs are strictly herbivorous animals, based on the results of this study the recommended antibiotic treatment for odontogenic abscesses is a combination of fluoroquinolones and metronidazole.

  14. Pyrosequencing reveals the complex polymicrobial nature of invasive pyogenic infections: microbial constituents of empyema, liver abscess, and intracerebral abscess. (United States)

    Sibley, C D; Church, D L; Surette, M G; Dowd, S E; Parkins, M D


    The polymicrobial nature of invasive pyogenic infections may be underestimated by routine culture practices, due to the fastidious nature of many organisms and the loss of viability during transport or from prior antibacterials. Pyrosequencing was performed on brain and liver abscesses and pleural fluid and compared to routine culture data. Forty-seven invasive pyogenic infection samples from 44 patients [6 intracerebral abscess (ICA), 21 pyogenic liver abscess (PLA), and 18 pleural fluid (PF) samples] were assayed. Pyrosequencing identified an etiologic microorganism in 100 % of samples versus 45 % by culture, p <0.01. Pyrosequencing was also more likely than traditional cultures to classify infections as polymicrobial, 91 % versus 17 %, p <0.001. The median number of genera identified by pyrosequencing compared to culture was 1 [interquartile range (IQR) 1-3] versus 0 (IQR 0-1) for ICA, 7 (IQR 1-15) versus 1 (IQR 0-1) for PLA, and 15 (IQR 9-19) versus 0 (IQR 0-1) for PF. Where organisms were cultured, they typically represented the numerically dominant species identified by pyrosequencing. Complex microbial communities are involved in invasive pyogenic infection of the lung, liver, and brain. Defining the polymicrobial nature of invasive pyogenic infections is the first step towards appreciating the clinical and diagnostic implications of these complex communities.

  15. Reading Angles in Maps (United States)

    Izard, Véronique; O'Donnell, Evan; Spelke, Elizabeth S.


    Preschool children can navigate by simple geometric maps of the environment, but the nature of the geometric relations they use in map reading remains unclear. Here, children were tested specifically on their sensitivity to angle. Forty-eight children (age 47:15-53:30 months) were presented with fragments of geometric maps, in which angle sections…

  16. [Fungal mycotic aneurysms and multiple cerebral abscesses caused by Scedosporium apiospermum. Apropos of a case with review of the literature]. (United States)

    Baudrillard, J C; Rousseaux, P; Lerais, J M; Toubas, O; Scherpereel, B; Gari, M; Comte, P


    The authors report a case of intracranial fungal aneurysm and brain abscesses. The compromised host was a young drowned woman. Scedosporium Apiospermum was isolated in fungal culture from abscess. Radiological and clinical pictures are typical of the hyphal form.

  17. Photoelectric angle converter (United States)

    Podzharenko, Volodymyr A.; Kulakov, Pavlo I.


    The photo-electric angle transmitter of rotation is offered, at which the output voltage is linear function of entering magnitude. In a transmitter the linear phototransducer is used on the basis of pair photo diode -- operating amplifier, which output voltage is linear function of the area of an illuminated photosensitive stratum, and modulator of a light stream of the special shape, which ensures a linear dependence of this area from an angle of rotation. The transmitter has good frequent properties and can be used for dynamic measurements of an angular velocity and angle of rotation, in systems of exact drives and systems of autocontrol.

  18. Spinal epidural abscess with gadolinium-enhanced MRI: serial follow-up studies and clinical correlations

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    Sadato, N. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Numaguchi, Y. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Rigamonti, D. (Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Kodama, T. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Nussbaum, E. (Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Sato, S. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Rothman, M. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States))


    We reviewed serial MRI with and without gadolinium-DTPA in eight patients with spinal epidural abscess and correlated the findings and the clinical manifestations. In four patients, diffuse abscesses spanned four vertebral bodies or more; the others had focal abscesses associated with osteomyelitis and/or diskitis. In three of the four patients with diffuse abscesses, MRI (NCMRI) showed diffuse encasement of the subarachnoid space. Contrast-enhanced MRI (CEMRI) demonstrated linear enhancement surrounding unenhanced pus. In the four patients with focal abscesses, CEMR delineated the inflammatory process more clearly than NCMR. On follow-up studies, decrease in abscess size and better visualization of the subarachnoid space correlated with clinical improvement in both diffuse and focal abscesses. Despite clinical improvement, contrast enhancement persisted in the disk or epidural space of three patients, and was thought to represent chronic granulomatous change or postsurgical scar. CEMR is very valvable for the initial diagnosis of an epidural abscess, particularly if it involves lengthy segments. During follow-up, CEMR can document responses to therapy, and provide information for determining appropriate treatment. (orig.)

  19. Bacillus cereus bacteremia and multiple brain abscesses during acute lymphoblastic leukemia induction therapy. (United States)

    Hansford, Jordan R; Phillips, Marianne; Cole, Catherine; Francis, Joshua; Blyth, Christopher C; Gottardo, Nicholas G


    Bacillus cereus can cause serious infections in immunosuppressed patients. This population may be susceptible to B. cereus pneumonia, bacteremia, cellulitis, and rarely cerebral abscess. Here we report an 8-year-old boy undergoing induction therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia who developed multifocal B. cereus cerebral abscesses, highlighting the propensity for B. cereus to develop cerebral abscesses. A review of the literature over the past 25 years identified another 11 cases (3 children and 8 adults) of B. cereus cerebral abscess in patients undergoing cancer therapy. B. cereus cerebral abscesses were associated with a high mortality rate (42%) and significant morbidity. Notably, B. cereus bacteremia with concomitant cerebral abscess was associated with induction chemotherapy for acute leukemia in both children and adults (10 of 12 case reports). Our case report and review of the literature highlights the propensity for B. cereus to develop cerebral abscess(es). Therefore, early consideration for neuroimaging should be given for any neutropenic cancer patient identified with B. cereus bacteremia, in particular those with acute leukemia during induction therapy.

  20. Favorable outcome in cerebral abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri in a newborn infant


    Sarah Algubaisi; Christoph Bührer; Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale; Birgit Spors


    The treatment of brain abscesses in newborn infants is controversial. We report on a 6-week-old infant with multiple brain abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri that resolved after treatment with combined surgical drainage and intravenous therapy with meropenem and fosfomycin.

  1. Draft Genome Sequence of Fusobacterium necrophorum subsp. funduliforme Bovine Liver Abscess Isolate B35. (United States)

    Calcutt, Michael J; Foecking, Mark F; Nagaraja, Tiruvoor G; Stewart, George C


    Fusobacterium necrophorum is a Gram-negative anaerobic bacterium that causes foot rot and liver abscesses in cattle. F. necrophorum subsp. necrophorum and the less virulent organism F. necrophorum subsp. funduliforme are recognized. We present here a draft genome sequence of the bovine liver abscess isolate F. necrophorum subsp. funduliforme strain B35, which affords a genomic perspective of virulence and bovine adaptation.

  2. Cholecystocolonic Fistulas from Diverticulosis: A Potentially Missable Cause of Liver Abscesses

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    Ben Warner


    Full Text Available Cholecystocolonic fistulas (CCF due to colonic diverticulosis are a rare cause of liver abscesses. It is even rarer to simultaneously have choledocholithiasis, another cause for liver abscesses. In this case report, we found both pathologies and emphasise the need to study cholangiograms carefully so as not to miss alternative diagnoses.

  3. Cholecystocolonic Fistulas from Diverticulosis: A Potentially Missable Cause of Liver Abscesses (United States)

    Wong, Terry; Berry, Philip


    Cholecystocolonic fistulas (CCF) due to colonic diverticulosis are a rare cause of liver abscesses. It is even rarer to simultaneously have choledocholithiasis, another cause for liver abscesses. In this case report, we found both pathologies and emphasise the need to study cholangiograms carefully so as not to miss alternative diagnoses. PMID:27994893

  4. Pseudomonas Sepsis and Multiple Brain Abscesses in a Newborn Infant Following Neurosurgical Procedure for Meningocele

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    Bilgili Gökmen


    Full Text Available Introduction: Postneurosurgical brain abscess carries a high risk of neurologic morbidity and mortality. Case Presentation: A newborn infant had Pseudomonas sepsis and multiple brain abscesses after meningocele repair, and was successfully treated medically. Conclusion: Prompt recognition of this life-threatening condition is crucial.

  5. Presacral abscess as a rare complication of sacral nerve stimulator implantation. (United States)

    Gumber, A; Ayyar, S; Varia, H; Pettit, S


    A 50-year-old man with intractable anal pain attributed to proctalgia fugax underwent insertion of a sacral nerve stimulator via the right S3 vertebral foramen for pain control with good symptomatic relief. Thirteen months later, he presented with signs of sepsis. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a large presacral abscess. MRI demonstrated increased enhancement along the pathway of the stimulator electrode, indicating that the abscess was caused by infection introduced at the time of sacral nerve stimulator placement. The patient was treated with broad spectrum antibiotics, and the sacral nerve stimulator and electrode were removed. Attempts were made to drain the abscess transrectally using minimally invasive techniques but these were unsuccessful and CT guided transperineal drainage was then performed. Despite this, the presacral abscess progressed, developing enlarging gas locules and extending to the pelvic brim to involve the aortic bifurcation, causing hydronephrosis and radiological signs of impending sacral osteomyelitis. MRI showed communication between the rectum and abscess resulting from transrectal drainage. In view of the progressive presacral sepsis, a laparotomy was performed with drainage of the abscess, closure of the upper rectum and formation of a defunctioning end sigmoid colostomy. Following this, the presacral infection resolved. Presacral abscess formation secondary to an infected sacral nerve stimulator electrode has not been reported previously. Our experience suggests that in a similar situation, the optimal management is to perform laparotomy with drainage of the presacral abscess together with simultaneous removal of the sacral nerve stimulator and electrode.

  6. The study of risk factors affecting the prognosis of lung abscess

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    Aghajan Zadeh M


    Full Text Available In spite the emergence of potent and broad spectrum antibiotics and recent advances in bronchoscopy and pulmonary physiotherapy, still there is a high rate of morbidity and mortality because of lung abscess. The objective of this study is the indication of risk factors, which have undesirable effects on the prognosis of lung abscess. In a retrospective study, all cases of lung abscess who was confined to bed during 1994 to 1999 in Rasht were collected and analyzed. From 52 cases, 40 (77% were male and 12 (23% were female. The mean duration of stay was 20 day (15 to 35. The secondary cause for lung abscess was as follows: 10 cases (19% COPD, 10 cases (19% preumonia, 15 cases (29% bronchiectasia 2 cases lung cancer, 2 cases lung hydatid cyst and 3 cases atelectasia. Extrapulmonary causes of lung abscess were consist of: 10 case (10% aspiration, 10 case (19% esophageal diseases tending to reflux, 5 case (9% periodontal disease. The factors, which had underiable effects on prognosis of disease were lung cancer, anemia, hypoalbuminemia, age over 60, abscess with pseudomonas, abscess cavity greater thus 8 cm, lower lobe in right lung and TB. Because of high mortality and morbidity of lung abscess, due attention for internal drainage, bronchoscopy, physiotherapy and timed surgery are seriously indicated.

  7. Penile abscess and necrotizing fasciitis secondary to neglected false penile fracture

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    Al-Reshaid Reshaid


    Full Text Available Penile infection and abscess formation have been described in association with priapism, cavernosography, intracavernosal injection therapy, trauma and penile prosthesis. We report a case of penile abscess and necrotizing fasciitis of penile skin in a 37-year-old male, presented 3 weeks after neglected false penile fracture.

  8. Disseminated tuberculosis causing isolated splenic vein thrombosis and multiple splenic abscesses. (United States)

    Jain, Deepak; Verma, Kamal; Jain, Promil


    Tuberculosis is a common infectious cause of splenic enlargement in developing countries, but tubercular splenic abscesses are a rare presentation, found predominantly in immunocompromised populations. We report a case of tubercular splenic abscesses with isolated splenic vein thrombosis in an immunocompetent person.

  9. Ultrasound-guided drainage of subcutaneous abscesses on the trunk is feasible

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    Kjær, Søren; Rud, Bo; Bay-Nielsen, Morten


    Subcutaneous trunk abscesses are frequent, and current treatment options generally involve incision. By contrast, the standard care for breast abcesses is ultrasound-guided drainage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of ultrasound-guided drainage combined with antibiotics...... in the treatment of subcutaneous abscesses on the trunk....

  10. A Rare Case of Pediatric Nosocomial Liver Abscess Developing During Dialysis Therapy

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    Full Text Available Introduction Liver abscess developing during hospital stay in pediatric patients on dialysis for acute kidney injury has been previously unreported. Impaired immunity, prolonged use of antibiotics, diabetes and malnutrition predispose to liver abscess in chronic hemodialysis patients. Case Presentation We reported a case of liver abscess developing in a 6-year-old boy admitted with sepsis and multiorgan dysfunction syndrome including acute kidney injury. He received peritoneal and subsequently hemodialysis, as he did not improve on peritoneal dialysis. He developed fever while on hemodialysis, which was due to a liver abscess developing during the course of hospital stay. The abscess was in the right lobe of the liver with a volume of 40 mL. Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of pyogenic liver abscesses in children and infection acquired from hospital. The patient received vancomycin and responded well with complete resolution and did not require any drainage procedure. He may have acquired bacteremia during dialysis with subsequent hepatic seeding. Conclusions Though rare, liver abscess may develop even in patients undergoing short-term dialysis therapy. Liver abscess is a medical emergency and if not treated promptly may lead to significant mortality. Invasive therapeutic procedures, like drainage is associated with further risk of complications. Therefore, a high index of suspicion should be kept when evaluating a patient who develops unexplained fever while being on hemodialysis. Early medical intervention through appropriate antibiotics can significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality. Strict infection control policies should be followed to prevent such nosocomial infections.

  11. Catheter-related epidural abscesses -- don't wait for neurological deficits.

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    Royakkers, A.A.; Willigers, H.; Ven, A.J.A.M. van der; Wilmink, J.T.; Durieux, M.; Kleef, M. van


    Epidural abscess is a rare but serious complication of epidural anesthesia for peri- and postoperative analgesia. It is feared because of possible persistent neurological deficits. Epidural abscess presents mostly with a classic triad of symptoms: back pain, fever and variable neurological signs and

  12. The usefulness of CT guided drainage of abscesses caused by retained appendicoliths

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    Buckley, O. [Department of Radiology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Geoghegan, T. [Department of Radiology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Ridgeway, P. [Department of Surgery, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Colhoun, E. [Department of Radiology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Snow, A. [Department of Radiology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland); Torreggiani, W.C. [Department of Radiology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Ireland)]. E-mail:


    Objectives: To determine the utility of percutaneous computed tomography (CT) guided drainage of abscesses formed secondary to retained appendicoliths. Materials and methods: A retrospective review was conducted over a 5-year period to identify patients who underwent CT guided drainage of abscesses related to retained appendicoliths. Inclusion criteria were a history of prior proven appendicitis treated by laparoscopic appendicectomy, identification of a post-operative abscess related to a visualised retained appendicolith and initial treatment by CT guided drainage. Data regarding initial technical success as well as long-term outcome was recorded in each case. Results: In total, five patients were identified who underwent CT guided abscess drainage related to retained appendicoliths. There were three males and two females (age range 12-54 years). Initial drainage under CT guidance was technically successful in all cases with successful catheter placement and resolution of the abscess cavity. In all five cases however, there was recurrence of abscess formation following catheter removal. In one case, a second attempt with CT guided drainage was performed. Again this was initially successful with abscess recurrence following catheter removal. In all five cases, formal surgical drainage with removal of retained appendicolith resulted in a successful outcome. Conclusion: CT guided percutaneous drainage of intra abdominal abscess secondary to retained appendicoliths is only successful in the short term. Formal surgical drainage and removal of the appendicolith is required for long-term success.

  13. Percutaneous Catheter Drainage of Periappendiceal abscess due to Appendicolith : A case report

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    Ryu, Dae Sik; Kim, Heung Chueol; Han, Tae Kyun; Hur, Hun; Yum, Kung Tae; Namkung, Sook; Park, Man Soo; Hwang, Woo Chueol [Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of)


    Percutaneous catheter drainage of periappendiceal abscess is an effective and safe method of treatment. It is known that CT guided approach is the first choice of method. We experienced a successful percutaneous catheter drainage under ultrasound guidance for periappendiceal abscess with appendicolith

  14. CT-guided percutaneous drainage within intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis with psoas abscess

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    Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Morishita, Hiroyuki; Lida, Shigeharu; Asai, Shunsuke; Masui, Koji; Sato, Osamu (Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital, Kyoto (Japan)), Email:; Yamagami, Takuji; Nishimura, Tsunehiko (Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto (Japan)); Yamazoe, Shoichi (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi Hospital, Kyoto (Japan))


    Background. Reports on CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis with a secondary psoas abscess are limited. Purpose. To evaluate CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space for pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess in which the two sites appear to communicate. Material and Methods. Eight patients with pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess showing communication with the intradiscal abscess underwent CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space. The clinical outcome was retrospectively assessed. Results. An 8-French pigtail catheter within the intervertebral space was successfully placed in all patients. Seven patients responded well to this treatment. The one remaining patient who had developed septic shock before the procedure died on the following day. The mean duration of drainage was 32 days (13-70 days). Only one patient with persistent back pain underwent surgery for stabilization of the spine after the improvement of inflammation. Among seven patients responding well, long-term follow-up (91-801 days, mean 292 days) was conducted in six patients excluding one patient who died of asphyxiation due to aspiration unrelated to the procedure within 30 days after the procedure. In these six patients, no recurrence of either pyogenic spondylodiscitis or the psoas abscess was noted. Conclusion. CT-guided percutaneous drainage within the intervertebral space can be effective for patients with pyogenic spondylodiscitis and a secondary psoas abscess if the psoas abscess communicates with the intradiscal abscess

  15. Endoscopic transcystic stent placement for an intrahepatic abscess due to gallbladder perforation

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    Myung Soo Kang; Do Hyun Park; Ki Du Kwon; Jeong Hoon Park; Suck-Ho Lee; Hong-Soo Kim; Sang-Heum Park; Sun-Joo Kim


    Perforation of the gallbladder with cholecystohepatic communication is a rare cause of liver abscess. Because it is a rare entity, the treatment modality has not been fully established. We report for the first time a patient with an intrahepatic abscess due to gallbladder perforation successfully treated by endoscopic stent placement into the gallbladder who had a poor response to continuous percutaneous drainage.

  16. CT differentiation of abscess and non-infected fluid in the postoperative neck

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    Yoon, Soo Jeong; Yoon, Dae Young [Dept. of Radiology, Kangdong Seong-Sim Hospital, Hallym Univ. Coll. of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)], e-mail:; Kim, Sam Soo [Dept. of Radiology, Kangwon National Univ. Coll. of Medicine, Kangwon-do (Korea, Republic of); Rho, Young-Soo; Chung, Eun-Jae [Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Ilsong Memorial Inst. of Head and Neck Cancer, Kangdong Seong-Sim Hospital, Hallym Univ. Coll. of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Eom, Joong Sik; Lee, Jin Seo [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Div. of infectious disease, Kangdong Seong-Sim Hospital, Hallym Univ. Coll. of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Background: Differentiation of postoperative neck abscess from non-infected fluid is important because the treatment is different. Purpose: To determine specific CT findings that might help to differentiate abscesses from non-infected fluid collections in the postoperative neck. Material and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed CT scans of 50 patients (43 men and 7 women; mean age, 62.5 {+-} 8.9 years) who had postoperative fluid collections in the neck (26 abscesses and 24 non-infected fluid collections). Diagnosis of an abscess was determined by a positive bacteria culture from the fluid collection. Diagnoses were correlated with the following CT findings: anatomic spaces involved, the maximum transverse diameter, margin, attenuation, rim enhancement, gas bubbles, and manifestations of soft tissue adjacent to a fluid collection. Results: Rim enhancement pattern and soft tissue manifestations showed significant differences between abscess and non-infected fluid. The reliable CT findings for abscess were: (i) rim enhancement > 50% of the circumference, 54% sensitive, 71% specific, and 62% accurate; and (ii) severe soft tissue manifestations, 39% sensitive, 92% specific, and 64% accurate. There were no significant differences in the anatomic spaces involved, the maximum transverse diameter, margin, attenuation, and gas bubbles between abscess and non-infected fluid. Conclusion: CT findings that may help differentiate postoperative neck abscess from non-infected fluid were rim enhancement > 50% of the circumference and severe soft tissue manifestations.

  17. Abscess Formation after Septic Arthritis in the Sternoclavicular Joint of Two Healthy Men

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    Henriksen, Jeppe; Tang, Mariann; Hjortdal, Vibeke


    Abscess formation after septic arthritis in the sternoclavicular joint is a rare phenomenon in healthy people without immune suppression, intravenous drug abuse, or diabetes. Here we report two cases with formation of abscess in two middle-aged men, with no relevant comorbidities and no obvious...

  18. Abdominal wall abscess containing gallstones as a late complication to laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed 17 years earlier

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    Christensen, Anders Mark; Christensen, Mads Mark


    of a 53-year-old woman who developed two abscesses--one intra-abdominally and one in the abdominal wall-17 years after an LC. Three gallstones were found during surgical excision of the abdominal wall abscess. Surgeons should strive to avoid perforation of the gall bladder during LC. If spillage...

  19. Prolonged antibiotic treatment does not prevent intra-abdominal abscesses in perforated appendicitis.

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    Wijck, K. van; Jong, J.R. de; Heurn, L.W.E. van; Zee, D.C. van der


    BACKGROUND: Children with perforated appendicitis have a relatively high risk of intra-abdominal abscesses. There is no evidence that prolonged antibiotic treatment after surgery reduces intra-abdominal abscess formation. We compared two patient groups with perforated appendicitis with different pos

  20. A case of a brain stem abscess with a favorable outcome

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    Bulthuis, Vincent J; Gubler, Felix S; Teernstra, Onno P M; Temel, Yasin


    BACKGROUND: A brain stem abscess is a rare and severe medical condition. Here, we present a rare case of a brain stem abscess in a young pregnant woman, requiring acute stereotactic intervention. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 36-year-old woman presented with a headache, nausea, and vomiting, and computed tomo

  1. The "Penumbra Sign" on Magnetic Resonance Images of Brodie's Abscess: A Case Report. (United States)

    Afshar, Ahmadreza; Mohammadi, Afshin


    This report presents the "penumbra sign" of a Brodie's abscess in a 69-year-old male patient. The lesion was located in the proximal metaphysis of the left tibia. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of subacute osteomyelitis. The penumbra sign on magnetic resonance (MR) images is a helpful sign for the diagnosis of Brodie's abscess.

  2. Brodie's abscess. A study of 181 cases, with special reference to radiographic diagnostic criteria. (United States)

    Boriani, S


    A study of 181 cases of Brodie's abscess, in which the diagnosis was histologically confirmed, was made in order to demonstrate radiographic factors common to other conditions, and therefore likely to pose questions of differential diagnosis. Some of the pathological characteristics of Brodie's abscess are described and correlated with the differing radiographic appearances of this inflammatory bone lesion.

  3. An autopsy case of otogenic intracranial abscess and meningitis with Bezold's abscess: evaluation of inflammatory bone destruction by postmortem cone-beam CT. (United States)

    Kanawaku, Yoshimasa; Yanase, Takeshi; Hayashi, Kino; Harada, Kazuki; Kanetake, Jun; Fukunaga, Tatsushige


    The deceased was an unidentified young male found unconscious on a walkway. On autopsy, outer and inner fistulae of the left temporal bone, subcutaneous abscess in the left side of the neck and head, and an intracranial abscess were noted. A portion of the left temporal bone was removed and scanned by cone-beam computed tomography (CT) (normally used for dentistry applications) to evaluate the lesion. The cone-beam CT image revealed roughening of the bone wall and hypolucency of the mastoid air cells, consistent with an inflammatory bone lesion. According to autopsy and imaging findings, the cause of death was diagnosed as intracranial abscess with Bezold's abscess secondary to left mastoiditis as a complication of otitis media. Although determining the histopathology of bone specimens is time-consuming and costly work, we believe that use of cone-beam CT for hard tissue specimens can be useful in forensic practice.

  4. Percutaneous drainage of abscess in psoas compartment and epidural space; Case report and review of literature. [Radiological studies

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    Cwikiel, W. (Lund Univ. Hospital (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology)


    The history of a patient with neurological deficit symptoms secondary to a spinal epidural abscess connected with psoas abscess and several fistulas on the buttocks is described. Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed. Percutaneous drainage of the spinal epidural abscess is suggested as an alternative to surgery. (orig.).

  5. [Strategies on perianal abscess and fistula-in-ano: interpretation of the guidelines from USA and German]. (United States)

    Ding, Shu-qing; Ding, Yi-jiang


    The Practice Parameters for the Management of Perianal Abscess and Fistula-in-ano from USA(2011) and German guidelines for anal abscess (2012) are based on the evidence and specialists consensus from colorectal field. Standardization of the anal abscess management may simplify the anal fistula treatment. This review is to concepts from other countries and guide the treatment in China.

  6. Epidemiology, Clinical Features and Outcome of Liver Abscess: A single Reference Center Experience in Qatar

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    Mushtak Talib Abbas


    Full Text Available Objective: To describe the etiology, clinical presentation, management and outcome of liver abscess in adult patients admitted at Hamad general hospital, Qatar. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted to involve all adult patients who sequentially encountered episodes of liver abscess during the period from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2010. Blood cultures were drawn from all patients in the first 24 hours after admission. In addition, all patients had stool examinations and indirect Hemagglutination test for Entameba histolytica. Aspiration of abscess was done under CT guidance and aspirated pus was sent for gram stain and culture. Results: In total, 67 patients were admitted with liver abscess; 56 patients with pyogenic liver abscess and 11 with amebic liver abscess. There were 61 (91% males and six (9% females and their mean age was 47.4 ± 18.5 years. Fever, abdominal pain and vomiting were the commonest presenting features. Of the 56 pyogenic liver abscess patients, four discharged against medical advice and seven refused all invasive procedures and were treated with antibiotics for six weeks. The remaining 44 (79% patients were treated with antibiotics and one or more invasive procedures, while one patient was treated surgically. The commonest organism isolated was Klebseilla pneumonia found in 21 patients (38%. The mean duration of hospitalization was 13.6 ± 8.1 days; the mean duration of antibiotic therapy was 34.7 ± 40.6 days, and one patient died. In contrast, all amebic liver abscess patients underwent ultrasound guided aspiration and showed good response to metronidazole treatment. Their mean duration of hospitalization was 7.7 ± 4.1 days, mean duration of therapy was 11.8 ± 2.1 days, and all patients were cured. Conclusion: Pyogenic liver abscess was more common than amebic liver abscess with Klebseilla pneumonia being the commonest organism. With good medical measures and early drainage of liver abscess, surgical

  7. Thigh Abscess Caused by Yersinia enterocolitica in an Immunocompetent Host

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    Purva Gumaste


    Full Text Available Yersinia enterocolitica is primarily a gastrointestinal tract pathogen known to cause gastroenteritis, although it may produce extra-intestinal infections like sepsis and its sequelae. However, primary cutaneous infections are extremely rare. We present a case of Y. enterocolitica thigh abscess in an immunocompetent adult. The portal of entry is unclear in this case. He did many outdoor activities that involved skin injuries and exposure to soil and contaminated water. Hence, direct inoculation as a result of exposure to contaminated water is postulated in the absence of evidence for a gastrointestinal route of infection.

  8. Brain abscess in children,experience of Mashad University

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    Faraji rad Mohammad; Faraji rad Elnaz


    Objective:Brain abscesses continue to pose a pmblem in neurosurgery,and it is a serious life-threatening complication for several diseases.The objective of this research was to look at the clinical profile of children suffering from brain abscess,predisposing conditions,microbiology and outcome of these patients.Methods:Ninety children aged less than 15 years were reviewed.The clinical presentation,predisposing factors,diagnosis,management and outcome were noted.There were 56 (62.2%)males and 34(37.7%)females.The mean age of presentation Was 5.7±4.2 years.Results:The mean duration of illness at the time of presentation Was 10.6±12.4 days.Typically patients presented with fever,vomiting,headache,neurological deficit,and seizures.The predisposing conditions found were cyanotic congenital heart disease in 18(20%)of children,meningitis in 6(6.7%),Otitis or mastoiditis in 32(35.5%),Head trauma in 6(6.7%),previous intracranial surgery in 8(8.8%)and no underlying cause Was found in 22(24.4%)children.The most common microbe in children with cyanotic congenital heart disease Was of the Streptococcus group(54%).Computerized tomography confirmed the diagnosis and the most common Iocation of the abscess was the parietal lobe of the cerebral hemisphere.That abscesses were larger than 2 cm in diameter where aspirated surgically,Excision Was performed for eight children.Six children expired,two due to intracranial bleeding and the others due to severe cerebral edema and tentorial hemiation.Complications were observed in 11 children out of which six had squeal and five had hemiparesis.Conclusion:Attention to hygiene of mouth and teeth in infant and child patients with cyanotic heart disease is very important in prevention of infectious brain diseases.We must also pay attention to ear-node-throat diseases of children.That is very important the patients be examined again after treatment because of finding and treatment of unknown otitis and chronic sinusitis.

  9. Pancreatic and Colonic Abscess Formation Secondary to HELLP Syndrome

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    James M. O’Brien


    Full Text Available Preeclampsia and the variant HELLP syndrome are systemic conditions associated with vascular changes resulting in vasoconstriction. Most commonly, patients present with elevated blood pressure and proteinuria, with a background of complaints such as headache, scotoma, and right upper quadrant pain. The systemic vascular changes experienced can target any organ system, oftentimes with more than one organ system being involved. We present the case of a patient admitted with HELLP syndrome who subsequently developed multisystem organ dysfunction, including placental abruption, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, acute renal failure, colitis, abdominal ascites, pancreatitis, and the development of pancreatic and colonic abscesses.

  10. Spinal intramedullary tuberculoma and abscess : a rare cause of paraparesis.

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    Devi B


    Full Text Available Five cases of spinal intramedullary tuberculomas (IMT and one case of spinal intramedullary tuberculous abscess (ITA are presented. Gd enhanced MRI revealed ring enhancing lesion with central hypodensity, suggesting granulomatous pathology. Surgical excision of the intramedullary lesions was carried out in four cases, while two patients received presumptive anti-tuberculous chemotherapy only. Repeat MRI after completion of anti-tuberculous therapy showed total resolution of the lesion. In other cases following surgical excision, the patients improved significantly. The management of these rare lesions is discussed and the literature reviewed.

  11. Nocardia farcinica bacteraemia presenting as a prostate abscess

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    Hana Scorey


    Full Text Available Nocardia is characterised as a Gram positive filamentous rod and is found worldwide in soil, decaying vegetable matter and aquatic environments. Localised pulmonary infection is the most common clinical presentation. However, Nocardia can present in a wide variety of clinical manifestations, especially in the immunocompromised individual. We present the first case of a prostate abscess caused by Nocardia farcinica in a man with a history of severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. He had been on long term immunosuppression for this with prednisolone and etanercept. His Nocardia was likely contracted through direct skin inoculation while gardening with haematological dissemination to the prostate. He responded well to long term sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim.

  12. A Case of Liver Abscess with Desulfovibrio desulfuricans Bacteremia

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    Saho Koyano


    Full Text Available Desulfovibrio spp. are gram-negative, sulfate-reducing, and anaerobic bacteria found in the digestive tract of humans. Because Desulfovibrio spp. are infrequent causative agents of infectious diseases and are difficult to isolate and to identify from clinical specimens, the appropriate antibiotic therapy to infection with Desulfovibrio spp. has not been determined. We report the first case of liver abscess with bacteremia due to Desulfovibrio desulfuricans to show the clinical presentation and treatment. The patient was successfully treated with intravenous piperacillin-tazobactam and oral amoxicillin-clavulanic acid.

  13. Rare Dysuria: Prostatic Abscess due to Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis

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    Pedram Ansari Pirsaraei


    Full Text Available We present a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with formation of a prostatic abscess in a 28-year-old diabetic male. Though rare, Coccidiodes prostatitis should be included in the differential for patients who have spent time in endemic areas and present with prostatitis or other genitourinary tract symptoms, especially in the setting of immunocompromise. The small number of Coccidiodes prostatitis cases described in the literature previously are reviewed, along with a wider discussion of coccidioidomycosis. Treatment modalities for this challenging fungal disease are also discussed.

  14. Vulvar procedures: biopsy, bartholin abscess treatment, and condyloma treatment. (United States)

    Mayeaux, Edward J; Cooper, Danielle


    Several benign, premalignant, and malignant lesions may arise on the vulva, and multiple types of procedures may be used to diagnose and treat these conditions. Punch and shave biopsies may be used to diagnose most vulvar conditions, but lesions suspected of being melanomas may best be diagnosed with narrow-margin excisional biopsies. Bartholin gland cysts and abscesses may be treated with several different treatment modalities, the most common of which are fistulization and marsupialization. Genital warts may be treated with several medical and surgical modalities to relieve symptoms.

  15. Melioidosis:a rare cause of anterior chest wall abscess

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    Rashidi Ahmad; Azhar Amir Hamzah; Ahmad Kasfi Abdul Rahman; Phee Kheng Cheah


    Melioidosis is an unusual tropical infectious disease caused by the gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which was formerly known asPseudomonas pseudomallei. Melioidosis is characterized by abscess formation and it may manifest in any part of the human body, however, musculoskeletel melioidosis is uncommon and chest wall melioidosis is very rare. To determine the exact organism based solely on clinical presentation poses a great challenge to the physician. Yet, delay administration of antibiotic may be harmful. We describe a diabetic patient who had anterior chest wall melioidosis that mimicsStaphylococcus aureus infection. A description of his presentation and management, along with a review of literature is presented.

  16. The warm sacroiliac joint. A finding in pelvic abscess

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    Slavin, J.D. Jr.; Epstein, N.; Negrin, J.A.; Spencer, R.P. (Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT (USA))


    Two patients with pain referable to the low back and sacroiliac regions had bone scans with similar findings. In each, one sacroiliac joint was warm (uptake on that side was slightly greater than that in the contralateral area). Ga-67 imaging also demonstrated increased uptake in the same locale. Subsequent CT scanning revealed pelvic abscesses adjacent to the affected joints. Asymmetric uptake of bone imaging agent may have been related to hyperemia and heating of the sacroiliac joint. Rapid defervescence with antibiotics and drainage (and no CT evidence of bone involvement) suggested that osteomyelitis was not involved in these cases.

  17. Radiological management of multiple hepatic artery pseudoaneurysms associated with cholangitic abscesses

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    Ankur Goyal


    Full Text Available Hepatic artery pseudoaneurysms (HAP are uncommon, occurring mostly as a complication of trauma (accidental or iatrogenic. Liver abscess rarely causes HAP and multiple HAP associated with cholangitic abscesses have not been reported in the literature. We present a patient of acute necrotizing pancreatitis with stent block cholangitis and multiple cholangitic abscesses who developed hemorrhagic output through drainage catheter in the liver abscess. A multiphasic CT angiography demonstrated three HAP, which were treated with a combination of endovascular coil embolization and percutaneous thrombin injection. The fact that cholangitic abscesses may be associated with pseudoaneurysms should not be neglected, considering the potentially catastrophic complication and relatively easy radiological management. CT angiography permits accurate diagnosis and lays down the roadmap for endovascular procedures.

  18. Pyogenic Hepatic Abscess--Less is More. A Review for General Internists. (United States)

    Biskup, Ewelina; Yang, Xiao-Yu


    Pyogenic hepatic abscesses are rare, and fatal if untreated. Recent progresses in diagnostic and interventional radiology facilitated their management. However, abscesses located in the caudate lobe are still a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, especially to general internists, who tend to overtreatment. Literature of this specific form of hepatic abscess is scarce. The aim of this article was to review the existing literature on caudate lobe abscesses, as well as to provide a brief overview over pyogenic liver abscesses in order to draw attention of general internists to this important differential diagnosis and facilitate the decision-making on therapy. We underline that current evidence suggests a less is more position, so as to warrant a quality approach.

  19. Cavernous Transformation of the Portal Vein Might Increase the Risk of Liver Abscess

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    Xin-Bo Ai


    Full Text Available Cavernous transformation of the portal vein (CTPV is not quite common in adults, and cases with CTPV and acute liver abscess are lacking. We report a patient with CTPV inducing extrahepatic and intrahepatic obstruction, finally leading to acute liver abscess due to bile duct infection. We aim to find out the possible relationship between CTPV and acute liver abscess. A 45-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital for recurrent upper abdominal pain and distension for one year, aggravated with fever for three years. A diagnosis of CTPV and liver abscess was made by 16-slice computed tomography. Effective antibiotics and drainage were used for this patients, and she was eventually cured. When treating patients with CTPV, extrahepatic and intrahepatic obstruction, one should be aware of the presence of acute liver abscess, and empirical antibiotics might be valuable.

  20. Hepatic abscess secondary to a rosemary twig migrating from the stomach into the liver

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    The ingestion of a foreign body that penetrates the gastric wall and migrates to the liver, where it causes an abscess is uncommon. A case of an ingested rosemary twig perforating the gastric antrum, then migrating to the liver, complicated by hepatic abscess and Staphylococcus aureus sepsis is reported. A 59-year-old man without a history of foreign body ingestion was admitted to our hospital because of sepsis and epigastralgia, which had progressively worsened. No foreign body was identified at preoperative imaging, but a rosemary twig was discovered during laparotomy. The liver abscess and sepsis were controlled successfully with surgery and antibiotics. This unusual condition should be kept in mind when dealing with cases of hepatic abscess, or even sepsis of unknown origin. Despite the improvement of non-surgical techniques such as percutaneous drainage and interventional endoscopy, surgery still remains important in the treatment of hepatic abscess caused by an ingested foreign body.

  1. Intracavitary urokinase in the treatment of multiloculated liver abscess : a case report

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    Lee, Jeong Min; Lee, Mi Suk; Lee, Jin Hee; Ym, Seong Hee [Namwon Medical Center, Namwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chong Soo; Han, Young Min; Choi, Ki Chul [Chonbuk National Univ. College of Medicine, Chonju (Korea, Republic of)


    Radiologically-guided percutaneous abscess drainage has been preferred as a therapeutic modality for hepatic abscesses, though where these have been septated or multilocular, its success rate has often been low. The results of several clinical and in vitro studies have recently suggested that in difficult cases, where abscesses occur in the peritoneal cavity and retroperitoneum, or multiloculated empyema of the thorax, urokinase may be useful. To our knowledge, however, there has been only one report of a case of liver abscess in which intracavitary urokinase was administered. The authors therefore report a case of multiseptated hepatic abscess occuring in a 53-year-man. Conventional percutaneous tube drainage failed, but the use of transcatheter intracavitary urokinase was successful. Diagnosis and continuing assessment involved a combination of ultrasound and CT scanning.

  2. Primary tubercular liver abscess in an immunocompetent adult: a case report

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    Baveja CP


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Isolated primary tubercular abscess is one of the rare forms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. A greater awareness of this rare clinical entity may help in commencing specific evidence-based therapy quickly and preventing undue morbidity and mortality. Case presentation A 30-year-old man, of Asian origin, developed a hepatic tubercular abscess which was not associated with any pulmonary or gastrointestinal tract foci of tuberculosis. An ultrasonogram of the abdomen showed an abscess in the right lobe of his liver which was initially diagnosed as an amoebic liver abscess. Subsequently, the pus from the lesion yielded Mycobacterium tuberculosis using the BACTEC TB 460 instrument and Mycobacterium tuberculosis deoxyribonucleic acid by polymerase chain reaction. The patient was started on systemic antitubercular therapy to which he responded favorably. Conclusion This report emphasizes the fact that, although a tuberculous liver abscess is a very rare entity, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of unknown hepatic mass lesions.

  3. Facing the Danger Zone: The Use of Ultrasound to Distinguish Cellulitis from Abscess in Facial Infections

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    Dywanda L. Lewis


    Full Text Available Physical exam alone is often insufficient to determine whether or not cellulitis is accompanied by an abscess. Bedside ultrasound can be a valuable tool in ruling out suspected abscess by allowing direct visualization of a fluid collection. The proximity of the infection to adjacent structures can also be determined, thus aiding clinical decision making. Patients with cellulitis near the eye and nose are of particular concern due to the adjacent facial structures and the anatomy of the venous drainage. Accurately determining the presence or absence of an associated abscess in these patients is a crucial step in treatment planning. The purpose of this report is to (1 emphasize the benefits of bedside ultrasound when used in conjunction with the physical exam to rule out abscess; (2 demonstrate the utility of bedside ultrasound in planning a treatment strategy for soft tissue infection; (3 depict an instance where ultrasound detected an abscess when computed tomography (CT scan did not.

  4. Drainage or Packing of the Sella? Transsphenoidal Surgery for Primary Pituitary Abscess: Report of Two Cases

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    Soichi Oya


    Full Text Available The detailed surgical procedure of the transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary abscess has scarcely been described previously because it is a very rare clinical entity. The authors reported two cases of primary pituitary abscess. In case 1, the anterior wall of the sella turcica was reconstructed with the vomer bone after irrigating the abscess cavity, but the sella was not packed by fat for fear of the persistent infection by devascularized tissues. This led to the postoperative meningocele, the cerebrospinal fluid leak, and bacterial meningitis despite the successful abscess drainage. In case 2, tight sellar packing and reconstruction of the sellar wall were performed to avoid these postoperative complications, which resulted in complete drainage and uneventful postoperative course. Although accumulation of more cases is obviously needed to establish the definitive surgical technique in pituitary abscess surgery, our experience might suggest that packing of the sella is not impeditive for postoperative sufficient drainage.

  5. Brodie's abscess following percutaneous fixation of distal radius fracture in a child. (United States)

    Rajakulendran, Karthig; Picardo, Natasha E; El-Daly, Ibraheim; Hussein, Rami


    We report the case of a Brodie's abscess presenting five and a half years following closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of a distal radius fracture. The index surgery was complicated by a pin site infection that was treated successfully with antibiotics. The patient represented with forearm pain years later, and radiological investigations revealed a Brodie's abscess in the distal radius at the site of the previous Kirschner wires. The Brodie's abscess was managed through surgical curettage and antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus and diphtheroid organisms were cultured from the intraoperative specimens. A Brodie's abscess is a form of localised subacute osteomyelitis, which usually occurs in the metaphysis of long bones and can mimic malignancy. Previous trauma or surgery has been implicated as predisposing factors. We have only identified one previously reported case of Brodie's abscess following percutaneous pinning. Ours is the first reported case in an adolescent. The aim of this paper is to raise awareness of this rare complication and review the current literature.

  6. Angle-Ply Weaving (United States)

    Farley, Gary L.


    Bias-direction or angle-ply weaving is proposed new process for weaving fibers along bias in conventional planar fabric or in complicated three-dimensional multilayer fabric preform of fiber-reinforced composite structure. Based upon movement of racks of needles and corresponding angle yarns across fabric as fabric being formed. Fibers woven along bias increases shear stiffness and shear strength of preform, increasing value of preform as structural member.

  7. Role of percutaneous abscess drainage in the management of young patients with Crohn disease

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    Pugmire, Brian S. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Gee, Michael S. [Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Abdominal Imaging, Boston, MA (United States); Kaplan, Jess L.; Winter, Harland S. [Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Department of Pediatrics, Boston, MA (United States); Hahn, Peter F.; Gervais, Debra A. [Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Abdominal Imaging, Boston, MA (United States); Doody, Daniel P. [Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Department of Surgery, Boston, MA (United States)


    Intra-abdominal abscess is a common complication of Crohn disease in children. Prior studies, primarily in adults, have shown that percutaneous abscess drainage is a safe and effective treatment for this condition; however, the data regarding this procedure and indications in pediatric patients is limited. Our aim was to determine the success rate of percutaneous abscess drainage for abscesses related to Crohn disease in pediatric patients with a focus on treatment endpoints that are relevant in the era of biological medical therapy. We retrospectively reviewed 25 cases of patients ages ≤20 years with Crohn disease who underwent percutaneous abscess drainage. Technical success was defined as catheter placement within the abscess with reduction in abscess size on post-treatment imaging. Clinical success was defined as (1) no surgery within 1 year of drainage or (2) surgical resection following drainage with no residual abscess at surgery or on preoperative imaging. Multiple clinical parameters were analyzed for association with treatment success or failure. All cases were classified as technical successes. Nineteen cases were classified as clinical successes (76%), including 7 patients (28%) who required no surgery within 1 year of percutaneous drainage and 12 patients (48%) who had elective bowel resection within 1 year. There was a statistically significant association between resumption of immunosuppressive therapy within 8 weeks of drainage and both clinical success (P < 0.01) and avoidance of surgery after 1 year (P < 0.01). Percutaneous abscess drainage is an effective treatment for Crohn disease-related abscesses in pediatric patients. Early resumption of immunosuppressive therapy is statistically associated with both clinical success and avoidance of bowel resection, suggesting a role for percutaneous drainage in facilitating prompt initiation of medical therapy and preventing surgical bowel resection. (orig.)

  8. Large Retropharyngeal Abscesses in an Immunocompetent Adult Patient with Disseminated Tuberculosis (United States)

    Amaya-Tapia, Gerardo; Rodríguez-Toledo, Arturo; Aguilar-Benavides, Sergio; Aguirre-Avalos, Guadalupe


    Patient: Male, 46 Final Diagnosis: Generalized tuberculous lymphadenitis with retropharyngeal abscesses and disseminated tuberculosis Symptoms: Lymphadenopathy • dysphagia • weight loss Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Infectious Diseases Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: The retropharyngeal abscess is a rare presentation of head and neck tuberculosis. The pathogenesis of the abscess formation in the retropharyngeal space in the adult is controversial. Case Report: We report a case of large retropharyngeal abscesses in a 46-year-old man with disseminated tuberculosis. The patient had severe progressive dysphagia, weight loss, and a slowly enlarging bilateral cervical mass during a period of three months. His posterior pharynx wall was bulging and red, and both tonsils were enlarged and congested. The neck had an abscess of 5 cm in diameter that was firm, tender, and warm along the left sternocleidomastoid muscle. Palpable bilateral lymphadenitis was detected in the submandibular, cervical, axillary, and inguinal regions. A computed tomographic (CT) scan of the neck revealed large bilobulated retropharyngeal abscesses. A liver ultrasound showed multiple hypoechoic lesions. A Ziehl-Neelsen smear for acid-fast bacilli was positive from different abscess samples, and mycobacterial cultures subsequently yielded Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Antituberculous therapy was begun and the retropharyngeal abscesses were aspirated by external incision with complete drainage and relief of symptoms. Conclusions: Large retropharyngeal abscess is a rare entity in which Mycobacterium tuberculosis etiology should be considered, especially in endemic countries, and the diagnosis may be difficult because symptoms and signs are influenced by abscess size and time of onset, or if the etiology is not suspected. PMID:27680292

  9. How the anal gland orifice could be found in anal abscess operations

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    Shahram Paydar


    Full Text Available Background: On an average 30-50% of patients who undergo incision and drainage (I and D of anal abscess will develop recurrence or fistula formation. It is claimed that finding the internal orifice of anal abscess to distract the corresponding anal gland duct; will decline the rate of future anal fistula. Surgeons supporting I and D alone claim that finding the internal opening is hazardous. This study is conducted to assess short-term results of optional method to manage patients with anal abscess and fitula-in-ano at the same time. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study 49 from 77 patients with anal abscess whose internal orifice was not identified by pressing on the abscess, diluted hydrogen peroxide (2% and methylene blue was injected into the abscess cavity and the anal canal was inspected to find out the internal opening. Once the opening was distinguished, an incision was given from the anal verge to the internal opening. Results: The internal orifice was identified in 44 out of 49 patients (90% who underwent this new technique. Up to 18 months during follow-up, only 2.5% of patients with primary fistulotomy developed fistula on the site of a previous abscess. Conclusion: Conventional method to seek the internal orifice of anal abscesses is successful in about one-third of cases. By applying this new technique, surgeons would properly find the internal opening in >90% of patients. Needless to say, safe identification of the anal gland orifice in anal abscess disease best helps surgeons to do primary fistulotomy and in turn it would significantly decrease the rate of recurrence in anal abscess and fistula formation.

  10. Ultrasound guided percutaneous treatment for splenic abscesses: The significance in treatment of critically ill patients

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    Enver Zerem; Jacob Bergsland


    AIM: To analyze the results of ultrasound guided percutaneous needle aspiration (PNA) and percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD) in the treatment of splenic abscess.METHODS: Thirty-six patients (14 females and 22 males, with an average age of 54.1 ± 14.1 years) with splenic abscess were treated with ultrasound guided PNA and/or PCD. Patients with splenic abscess < 50 mm in diameter were initially treated by PNA and those with abscess ≥ 50 mm and bilocular abscesses were initially treated by an 8-French catheter drainage. The clinical characteristics, underlying diseases, organism spectra,therapeutic methods, and morality rates were analyzed.RESULTS: Twenty-seven patients had unilocular and 9 bilocular abscess. PNA was performed in 19 patients (52.8%), and 8 of them (42.1%) required PCD because of recurrence of abscess. In 17 patients (47.2%), PCD was performed initially. PCD was performed twice in six patients and three times in two. PNA was definitive treatment for 10 and PCD for 21 patients. One patient with PCD was referred for splenectomy, with successful outcome. In all 4 deceased patients, malignancy was the underlying condition. Twenty-one patients (58.3%)underwent 33 surgical interventions on abdomen before treatment. Cultures were positive in 30 patients (83.3%).Gram-negative bacillus predominated (46.7%). There were no complications related to the procedure.CONCLUSION: Percutaneous treatmnet of splenic abscess is an effective alternative to surgery, allowing preservation of the spleen. This treatment is especially indicative for the patients in critical condition postoperatively. We recommend PNA as primary treatment for splenic abscesses < 50 mm, and PCD for those ≥ 50 mm in diameter and for bilocular abscesses.

  11. Behçet's disease complicated by multiple aseptic abscesses of the liver and spleen. (United States)

    Maeshima, Keisuke; Ishii, Koji; Inoue, Megumi; Himeno, Katsuro; Seike, Masataka


    Aseptic abscesses are an emergent entity and have been described in inflammatory bowel disease, especially in Crohn's disease, and in other diseases. However, aseptic abscesses associated with Behçet's disease are extremely rare. We report a Japanese male diagnosed with an incomplete type of Behçet's disease who developed multiple aseptic abscesses of the spleen and liver. In 2002, the spleen abscesses were accompanied by paroxysmal oral aphthous ulcers and erythema nodosum. As the patient's response to antibiotic treatment was inadequate, a splenectomy was performed. Severe inflammatory cell infiltration, largely of polymorphonuclear neutrophils, was observed without evidence of bacterial or fungal growth. Although the patient had no history of ocular symptoms or genital ulcers, a diagnosis of incomplete Behçet's disease was made according to the Japanese diagnostic criteria because of the presence of paroxysmal arthritis and epididymitis since 2002. In 2005, multiple liver abscesses developed with right hypochondrial pain and seemed to be attributed to Behçet's disease because the abscesses yielded negative results during a microbiologic investigation and failed to go into remission under antibiotic therapy. Oral prednisone (15 mg/d) was started in May 2006, and the abscesses dramatically disappeared 4 wk after treatment. Although the patient had a relapse of the liver abscesses in association with the tapering of prednisone, the augmentation of prednisone dosage yielded a response. The abscesses of the liver and spleen were strongly suggested to be attributed to Behçet's disease. Clinician should be aware of the existence of aseptic abscesses as uncommon manifestations of Behçet's disease.

  12. Gas-Forming Pyogenic Liver Abscess with Septic Shock

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    Muhammad S. Khan


    Full Text Available The pyogenic liver abscess caused by Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens is a rare but rapidly fatal infection. The main virulence factor of this pathogen is its α-toxin (lecithinase, which decomposes the phospholipid in cell membranes leading to cell lysis. Once the bacteria are in blood stream, massive intravascular hemolysis occurs. This can present as anemia on admission with evidence of hemolysis as indicated by low serum haptoglobin, high serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, elevated indirect bilirubin, and spherocytosis. The clinical course of C. perfringens septicemia is marked by rapidly deteriorating course with a mortality rate ranging from 70 to 100%. The very rapid clinical course makes it difficult to diagnose on time, and most cases are diagnosed at autopsy. Therefore it is important to consider C. perfringens infection in any severely ill patient with fever and evidence of hemolysis. We present a case of seventy-seven-year-old male with septic shock secondary to pyogenic liver abscess with a brief review of existing literature on C. perfringens.

  13. Retroperitoneal Necrotizing Fasciitis Masquerading as Perianal Abscess - Rare and Perilous. (United States)

    Amaranathan, Anandhi; Sahoo, Ashok Kumar; Barathi, Deepak; Shankar, Gomathi; Sistla, Sarath Chandra


    Necrotizing fasciitis is one of the uncommon presentations of a rapidly spreading subcutaneous tissue infection. Although the actual cause is unclear in many cases, most of them are due to the rapid proliferation of microorganisms. Retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis is extremely rare. It is a potentially lethal infection that requires immediate and aggressive surgical care. Early diagnosis is the key to a better prognosis. The possibility of retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis should be suspected in patients with symptoms of sepsis that are disproportionate to clinical findings. The rapid deterioration of the patient also gives a clue towards the diagnosis. We report a 35-year-old male with perianal abscess who had been progressed to retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis. The patient was managed successfully with aggressive debridement and drainage after laparotomy. Appropriate antibiotics were used to combat the sepsis. The patient recovered well at follow up, three months after discharge. Another patient, a 45-year-old male with a retroperitoneal abscess, progressed to retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis, and extra peritoneal drainage and debridement was done. Antibiotics depending upon the culture and sensitivity were used to control sepsis. But the patient succumbed to death 45 days after surgery due to uncontrolled sepsis. Necrotizing fasciitis of any anatomical site needs aggressive surgical care with early intervention. But retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis needs an extra effort for diagnosis. After diagnosis, it needs timely surgical intervention and appropriate antibiotic therapy for the recovery of the patients.

  14. Percutaneous drainage of abscess in the treatment of emphysematous pyelonephritis

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    Jung, Jin Yong; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Kim, Jae Kyu; Park, Seung Jei; Park, Jin Gyoon; Kang, Heoung Keun [Chonnam Univ. School of Medicine, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of); Roh, Byung Suk [Wonkwang Univ. School of Medicine, Iksan (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess the usefulness of percutaneous drainage of abscess in the treatment of emphysematous pyelonephritis. Ten cases of nine patients with emphysematous pyelonephritis were percutaneously drained. All were suffering from diabetes mellitus. The procedure was performed under fluoroscopic guidance in nine cases and US guidance in one case in which bilateral multiloculated abscesses were present in the perirenal space. The results were classified as cure, partial success, recurrence, or failure. The mean drainage period and complication were analyzed. Eight cases were cured, and there was one case success. In one case, who had diffuse renal parenchymal destruction without perirenal fluid collection, the treatment failed. The longest drainage period was 45 days, in a case of re-insertion due to incidental catheter removal; the mean was 23 days. Bacteremia in one case was cured with antibiotic therapy which lasted two days. In diabetic patients, percutaneous drainage of obscess is thought to be a safe and effective method for the treatment of emphysematous pyelonephritis, and is one that does not involve diffuse destruction of renal parenchyma.

  15. Prospective observational study of the frequency and features of intra-abdominal abscesses in patients with melioidosis in northeast Thailand. (United States)

    Maude, Rapeephan R; Vatcharapreechasakul, Teerapon; Ariyaprasert, Pitchayanant; Maude, Richard J; Hongsuwan, Maliwan; Yuentrakul, Prayoon; Limmathurotsakul, Direk; Koh, Gavin C K W; Chaowagul, Wipada; Day, Nicholas P J; Peacock, Sharon J


    Retrospective case series from Thailand have reported the presence of intra-abdominal abscesses in around half of patients with melioidosis, a much higher rate than our clinical experience would suggest. We performed a prospective, observational study of 230 adult patients with culture-confirmed melioidosis in which all patients underwent abdominal ultrasound. One or more abscesses were detected in the liver and/or spleen in 77 (33%) cases. These were often multiple (70%, 31/44 in hepatic abscesses and 88%, 50/57 in splenic abscesses) and clinically silent (27% of cases with abscesses presenting with abdominal pain). The mortality rate at 4 weeks post-discharge was lower in patients who were abscess-positive vs abscess-negative (10%, 8/77 vs 20%, 31/153).

  16. Limited Angle Tomography

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    Kim, Ho Kyung; Cho, Min Kook; Kim, Seong Sik [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    In computed tomography (CT), many situations are restricted to obtain enough number of projections or views to avoid artifacts such as streaking and geometrical distortion in the reconstructed images. Speed of motion of an object to be imaged can limit the number of views. Cardiovascular imaging is a representative example. Size of an object can also limit the complete traverse motion or geometrical complexity can obscure to be imaged at certain range of angles. These situations are frequently met in industrial nondestructive testing and evaluation. Dental CT also suffers from similar situation because cervical spine causes less x-ray penetration from some directions such that the available information is not sufficient for standard reconstruction algorithms. The limited angle tomography is now greatly paid attention as a new genre in medical and industrial imaging, popularly known as digital tomosynthesis. In this study, we introduce a modified filtered backprojection method in limited angle tomography and demonstrate its application for the dental imaging.

  17. The role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase in corneal ring abscess formation in pseudomonal keratitis. (United States)

    Ijiri, Y; Yamamoto, T; Kamata, R; Aoki, H; Matsumoto, K; Okamura, R; Kambara, T


    In order to identify the causative factors of ring abscess, which is the characteristic feature of pseudomonal keratitis, pseudomonal endotoxin, exotoxin A, and elastase were each separately injected into guinea pig cornea. There was no formation of ring abscess. Injection of living Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains IFO3455 and Takamatsu which produce all three molecules, clearly induced ring abscess. In contrast, when heat-killed bacteria strain IFO3455 or living bacteria of the non-elastase-producing strain PA103 were injected, ring abscess was not induced. Furthermore, when living bacteria strain IFO3455 were injected with anti-elastase antibody or a protease inhibitor, ovomacroglobulin, ring abscess formation was significantly inhibited. Histological examination demonstrated that the ring abscess was a dense accumulation and aggregation of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) with debris of cells and lamellae in the deep stroma at the corneal margins, suggesting prevention of PMN migration to the central lesion. The presence of anti-elastase antibody or a specific elastase inhibitor facilitated PMN migration towards living bacteria strain IFO3455 in an in vitro model. These results indicate that pseudomonal elastase is a necessary but not sufficient factor in the formation of ring abscess in pseudomonal keratitis.

  18. The frequency of dental abscesses increases in periods of low barometric pressure. (United States)

    Seemann, Rudolf; Svabik, Otto; Orlik, Alexander; Figl, Michael; Fischer, Michael B; Schicho, Kurt; Wutzl, Arno; Forster, Johannes; Jesch, Philip; Perisanidis, Christos; Undt, Gerhard; Millesi, Werner


    Bioclimatic conditions are thought to have an impact on the frequency of dental abscesses but previous studies have suffered from small patient cohorts, methodological obstacles, and restriction to a single site resulting in limited geographic and meteorological variability. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of environmental temperature and barometric pressure on the frequency of dental abscesses. Three maxillofacial and two dental clinics in Vienna retrospectively provided a total of 19,218 patients with dentoalveolar abscesses who were treated by intraoral incision between 1998 and 2011. Daily records from six local meteorological stations were consulted to assess daily meteorological parameters. Univariate and multivariate hurdle count regression models were fitted to estimate the effect of daily average barometric pressure and temperature on registered abscess frequencies. Temporal confounders causing variance of the observed abscess frequencies - such as weekday, business day, and month - were taken into consideration. On days of low barometric pressure a significant rise in dental abscess frequency was observed, even when adjusting for confounders. Environmental temperature, in contrast, did not show any effect. In conclusion, bioclimatic conditions affect health as low barometric pressure increases the number of patients with dental abscesses.

  19. Streptococcus intermedius Bacteremia and Liver Abscess following a Routine Dental Cleaning

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    Lachara V. Livingston


    Full Text Available Streptococcus intermedius is a member of the Streptococcus anginosus group of bacteria. This group is part of the normal flora of the oropharynx, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal tracts; however, they have been known to cause a variety of purulent infections including meningitis, endocarditis, and abscesses, even in immunocompetent hosts. In particular, S. intermedius has been associated with the development of liver and brain abscesses. There have been several case reports of S. intermedius liver abscesses with active periodontal infection. To our knowledge, however, there has not been a case following a routine dental procedure. In fact, the development of liver abscesses secondary to dental procedures is very rare in general, and there are only a few case reports in the literature describing this in relation to any pathogen. We present a rare case of S. intermedius bacteremia and liver abscess following a dental cleaning. This case serves to further emphasize that even routine dental procedures can place a patient at risk of the development of bacteremia and liver abscesses. For this reason, the clinician must be sure to perform a detailed history and careful examination. Timely diagnosis of pyogenic liver abscesses is vital, as they are typically fatal if left untreated.

  20. Streptococcus intermedius Bacteremia and Liver Abscess following a Routine Dental Cleaning. (United States)

    Livingston, Lachara V; Perez-Colon, Elimarys


    Streptococcus intermedius is a member of the Streptococcus anginosus group of bacteria. This group is part of the normal flora of the oropharynx, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal tracts; however, they have been known to cause a variety of purulent infections including meningitis, endocarditis, and abscesses, even in immunocompetent hosts. In particular, S. intermedius has been associated with the development of liver and brain abscesses. There have been several case reports of S. intermedius liver abscesses with active periodontal infection. To our knowledge, however, there has not been a case following a routine dental procedure. In fact, the development of liver abscesses secondary to dental procedures is very rare in general, and there are only a few case reports in the literature describing this in relation to any pathogen. We present a rare case of S. intermedius bacteremia and liver abscess following a dental cleaning. This case serves to further emphasize that even routine dental procedures can place a patient at risk of the development of bacteremia and liver abscesses. For this reason, the clinician must be sure to perform a detailed history and careful examination. Timely diagnosis of pyogenic liver abscesses is vital, as they are typically fatal if left untreated.

  1. Falciform ligament abscess: report of a case Abscesso de ligamento falciforme: relato de caso

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    Valdinaldo Aragão de Melo


    Full Text Available Falciform ligament abscess is rare. We report a case of a 65-year-old man who presented with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, postprandial fullness, and fever. Computed tomography disclosed a cylindrical mass in the anterior abdomen that aroused suspicion of a hepatic abscess. At laparoscopic surgery, an abscess of the falciform ligament was found and drained. Two months later, the patient developed recurrence of the abscess secondary to acute calculous cholecystitis. Abscess drainage and cholecystectomy were performed. The presence of right uppper quadrant abdominal pain, epigastric tenderness, fever, leukocytosis, and a mass in the anterior abdomen should arouse suspicion of falciform ligament abscess. Its treatment consists of abscess drainage.Abscesso de ligamento falciforme é raro. É relatado um caso de um homem de 65 anos que apresentou dor no quadrante superior direito do abdome, plenitude pós-prandial e febre. A tomografia computadorizada revelou uma massa cilíndrica no abdome anterior que causou suspeita de abscesso hepático. Na cirurgia laparoscópica, um abscesso de ligamento falciforme foi encontrado e drenado. Dois meses depois, o paciente desenvolveu recidiva do abscesso secundário a colecistite aguda calculosa. Drenagem do abscesso e colecistectomia foram realizados. A presença de dor no quadrante superior direito, febre, leucocitose e abaulamento no abdome ântero-superior deve causar suspeita dessa patologia. Seu tratamento consiste de drenagem do abscesso.

  2. Dynamic changes during evacuation of a left temporal abscess in open MRI: technical case report

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    Bernays, R.L.; Yonekawa, Y. [Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Zurich (Switzerland); Kollias, S.S. [Institute of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Zurich (Switzerland)


    We demonstrate the usefulness of ''near real-time'' neuro-navigation by open MRI systems for guidance of stereotactic evacuation of intracranial abscesses. A 70-year-old patient was referred to our institution with an intracranial left temporal abscess. He presented with headache, senso-motor aphasia and mild right hemiparesis. The abscess (35 x 25 mm) was stereotactically evacuated under MRI guidance, and a recurrence of a daughter abscess was again evacuated on the 9th postoperative day. ''Near real-time'' imaging showed an indentation of the abscess wall of 11 mm along the trajectory. A thermosensitive MRI protocol demonstrated a higher temperature around the abscess capsule than in the brain tissue more distant to the capsule, demonstrating the inflammatory process. The patient had 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy for gram-negative bacteria and was discharged with improved clinical symptoms 5 weeks after admission. Follow-up CT 2 months postoperatively showed a complete resolution of the abscess. Open MRI-guided interventions with ''near real-time'' imaging demonstrate the anatomical changes during an ongoing procedure and can be accommodated for enhancing the overall precision of stereotactic procedures. Thermosensitive MRI protocols are capable of revealing temperature gradients around inflammatory processes. (orig.)

  3. Silent diabetes mellitus, periodontitis and a new case of thalamic abscess. (United States)

    Karageorgiou, Ioannis; Chandler, Christopher; Whyte, Martin Brunel


    Brain abscess is an unusual complication of uncontrolled diabetes. A solitary thalamic abscess is an uncommon type of brain abscess. We report a case of thalamic abscess, whereupon diabetes mellitus and periodontitis were diagnosed. The diagnosis and management of thalamic abscess, and the interplay of type 2 diabetes and periodontitis are discussed. A 56-year-old, Caucasian, man with no medical or travel history, presented with 5-day symptoms of meningeal irritation. Body mass index 30.6 kg/m(2). CT demonstrated a solitary midline lesion with neoplasia as a differential diagnosis. It was biopsied and cultures grew Streptococcus milleri. He was treated by stereotactic puncture, external drainage and targeted intrathecal and systemic antibiotic therapy. HIV negative but glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) 10.7% (93 mmol/mol). Dental examination revealed a small molar abscess. Radiological resolution of the thalamic abscess occurred within 2 months. Diabetes improved with 7 weeks of insulin, and maintained on metformin, HbA1c 6.9% (51 mmol/mol). There was no residual neurological disability.


    Okabayashi, Ken; Nishio, Kazumi; Aida, Shinji; Nakano, Yasushi


    A 27-year-old man with a 4-month history of treatment for miliary tuberculosis at another hospital was admitted to our hospital for continued treatment. Computed tomography showed new lesions in the S8 area of the liver and spleen, despite resolution of chest radiographic findings. Because these new lesions were still present after 8 months of treatment, we performed laparoscopic drainage of the liver abscess. Purulent material drained from the lesion revealed positive polymerase chain reaction results for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and identification of granuloma with infiltrating lymphocytes and plasma cells confirmed the diagnosis of tubercular liver abscess. Pathological changes in the spleen over the clinical course were also regarded as representing tubercular abscess. Postoperative course was good, and tuberculosis treatment ended after 12 months. Tubercular liver abscess subsequently showed prominent reduction, and the tubercular splenic abscess disappeared on abdominal ultrasonography. Tubercular hepatosplenic abscesses appearing during tubercular treatment are rare. We report this valuable case in which laparoscopic drainage of a liver abscess proved useful for diagnosis and treatment.

  5. [Brain abscess due to Fusobacterium necrophorum in a patient with convulsion and no signs of meningitis]. (United States)

    Shimohata, Mitsuteru; Naruse, Satoshi; Kawasaki, Satoshi; Watanabe, Yumiko; Koyama, Miyako; Ito, Yasushi; Tanaka, Hajime


    Here, we report brain abscess due to Fusobacterium necrophorum (F. necrophorum) in a 78-year-old healthy man. He developed convulsion and did not have any signs of meningitis. Although the brain magnetic resonance imaging findings of the left occipital lobe were typical of a brain abscess, his cerebrospinal fluid examination revealed only slight pleocytosis and mild increase in protein levels. Thus, it was difficult to rule out the possibility of metastatic brain tumor; the patient's condition was provisionally diagnosed as symptomatic epilepsy secondary to brain abscess. His convulsion disappeared soon after administration of antiepileptic, antibacterial, and steroid agents. A craniotomy was performed to evacuate the abscess, and F. necrophorum was identified by culturing the abscess contents. After the operation, he was treated with appropriate antibacterial agents, which resulted in resolution of the brain abscess. Although Fusobacterium species are gram-negative anaerobic bacilli commensal of the human oropharynx, we need to recognize that Fusobacterium species can be a primary pathogen causing brain abscesses and may leave residual neurological sequelae without early appropriate treatment.

  6. Dynamical angled brane (United States)

    Maeda, Kei-ichi; Uzawa, Kunihito


    We discuss the dynamical D p -brane solutions describing any number of D p branes whose relative orientations are given by certain SU(2) rotations. These are the generalization of the static angled D p -brane solutions. We study the collision of the dynamical D3 brane with angles in type-II string theory, and show that the particular orientation of the smeared D3-brane configuration can provide an example of colliding branes if they have the same charges. Otherwise a singularity appears before D3 branes collide.

  7. Primary Intraventricular Brain Abscess Resulting in Isolated Dilation of the Inferior Horn and Unilateral Hydrocephalus

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    Joji Inamasu


    Full Text Available Primary intraventricular brain abscesses are rare, and there are no established treatment guidelines for this condition. We report a case in which isolated ventricular dilatation and unilateral hydrocephalus developed after seemingly successful conservative management and which required surgical diversion of the cerebrospinal fluid. A 59-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with high-grade fever and headache. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed abscesses in the bilateral posterior horn. Although surgical evacuation of the abscesses was considered, conservative management with antibiotics was selected because of the paucity of severe neurological deficits and the concern that an attempt to evacuate the intraventricular abscess might lead to inadvertent rupture of the abscess capsule and acute ventriculitis. Despite reduction in the abscess volume, the patient developed an altered mental status 4 weeks after admission. Follow-up MRI revealed isolated dilation of the left inferior horn, compressing the brainstem. Emergency fenestration of the dilated inferior horn was performed, and endoscopic observation revealed an encapsulated abscess with adhesion to the ventricular wall which was thought responsible for the ventricular dilation and unilateral hydrocephalus. Two weeks after the initial surgery, the unilateral hydrocephalus was treated by placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Eradication of the intraventricular brain abscesses without surgical evacuation may justify the conservative management of this patient. However, the possibility that earlier surgical evacuation might have prevented development of the isolated ventricular dilation cannot be denied. Additional clinical experience is required to determine which treatment (surgical vs. conservative is more appropriate in patients with primary intraventricular brain abscesses.

  8. Modern management of pyogenic hepatic abscess: a case series and review of the literature.

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    Heneghan, Helen M


    BACKGROUND: Pyogenic hepatic abscesses are relatively rare, though untreated are uniformly fatal. A recent paradigm shift in the management of liver abscesses, facilitated by advances in diagnostic and interventional radiology, has decreased mortality rates. The aim of this study was to review our experience in managing pyogenic liver abscess, review the literature in this field, and propose guidelines to aid in the current management of this complex disease. METHODS: Demographic and clinical details of all patients admitted to a single institution with liver abscess over a 5 year period were reviewed. Clinical presentation, aetiology, diagnostic work-up, treatment, morbidity and mortality data were collated. RESULTS: Over a 5 year period 11 patients presented to a single institution with pyogenic hepatic abscess (55% males, mean age 60.3 years). Common clinical features at presentation were non-specific constitutional symptoms and signs. Aetiology was predominantly gallstones (45%) or diverticular disease (27%). In addition to empiric antimicrobial therapy, all patients underwent radiologically guided percutaneous drainage of the liver abscess at diagnosis and only 2 patients required surgical intervention, including one 16-year old female who underwent hemi-hepatectomy for a complex and rare Actinomycotic abscess. There were no mortalities after minimum follow-up of one year. CONCLUSIONS: Pyogenic liver abscesses are uncommon, and mortality has decreased over the last two decades. Antimicrobial therapy and radiological intervention form the mainstay of modern treatment. Surgical intervention should be considered for patients with large, complex, septated or multiple abscesses, underlying disease or in whom percutaneous drainage has failed.

  9. Spreading of multiple Listeria monocytogenes abscesses via central nervous system fiber tracts: case report. (United States)

    Bojanowski, Michel W; Seizeur, Romuald; Effendi, Khaled; Bourgouin, Patrick; Magro, Elsa; Letourneau-Guillon, Laurent


    Animal studies have shown that Listeria monocytogenes can probably access the brain through a peripheral intraneural route, and it has been suggested that a similar process may occur in humans. However, thus far, its spreading through the central nervous system (CNS) has not been completely elucidated. The authors present a case of multiple L. monocytogenes cerebral abscesses characterized by a pattern of distribution that suggested spread along white matter fiber tracts and reviewed the literature to identify other cases for analysis. They elected to include only those cases with 3 or more cerebral abscesses to make sure that the distribution was not random, but rather followed a pattern. In addition, they included those cases with abscesses in both the brainstem and the cerebral hemispheres, but excluded cases in which abscesses were located solely in the brainstem. Of 77 cases of L. monocytogenes CNS abscesses found in the literature, 17 involved multiple abscesses. Of those, 6 were excluded for lack of imaging and 3 because they involved only the brainstem. Of the 8 remaining cases from the literature, one was a case of bilateral abscesses that did not follow a fiber tract; another was also bilateral, but with lesions appearing to follow fiber tracts on one side; and in the remaining 6, to which the authors added their own case for a total of 7, all the abscesses were located exclusively in the same hemisphere and distributed along white matter fiber tracts. The findings suggest that after entering the CNS, L. monocytogenes travels within the axons, resulting in a characteristic pattern of distribution of multiple abscesses along the white matter fiber tracts in the brain. This report is the first description suggesting intraaxonal CNS spread of L. monocytogenes infection in humans following its entry into the brain. This distinct pattern is clearly seen on imaging and its recognition may be valuable in the diagnosis of listeriosis. This finding may allow for


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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Pyogenic liver abscess is a serious disease, which is potentially fatal if left untreated. In developed countries, pyogenic abscesses are the most common but worldwide, amoebae are the most common cause. We report a 60-ye ar-old diabetic woman with a 2 months history of pain abdomen, 1 month history of high fev er and anorexia who had multiple liver abscess caused by anaerobic Actinomyces species and Enterococcus faecalis and was complicated by peritonitis. Treatment included prompt percutaneous drainage coupled with long-term intravenous administration of Amikacin, M etronidazole and Piperacillin/ Tazobactum. The patient later died due to peritoniti s.

  11. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess in a 21-month-old child. (United States)

    Harris, Tyler J; Seamon, Jason P


    Spontaneous epidural abscess formation is a rare finding in all populations and even more so in the pediatric population. Its rarity and varied presentations often lead to misdiagnosis. We present a pediatric case in which the diagnosis of spontaneous spinal epidural abscess was missed upon initial presentation and subsequently identified at a later visit to the emergency department. Literature suggests utilizing three simple physical exam findings that may improve the first visit diagnosis of spontaneous epidural abscesses in children. Findings of any two of the following signs should guide the clinician to consider SEA as a possibility prior to discharge: fever, back or neck pain, extremity weakness or inability to walk.

  12. Peritonitis secondary to ruptured splenic abscess: a grave complication of typhoid fever. (United States)

    George, Peter; Ahmed, Ashfaq; Maroli, Roshan; Tauro, Leo Francis


    Splenic abscesses are increasingly being identified, possibly due to widespread use of imaging modalities in clinical practice. The commonest clinical features are high grade fever and exclusively localised left upper quadrant abdominal pain. These symptoms are similar to most infectious diseases prevalent in the tropics, making imaging by ultrasonography or computer tomography a necessity in the diagnosis. There are reports from different geographic areas on splenic abscesses associated with typhoid fever. We reported ruptured splenic abscess presenting with peritonitis as a rare and grave complication of typhoid fever.

  13. Submucosal Abscess of the Esophagus Caused by Piriform Sinus Fistula Treated with Transoral Video Laryngoscopic Surgery. (United States)

    Koyama, Satoshi; Fujiwara, Kazunori; Morisaki, Tsuyoshi; Fukuhara, Takahiro; Kawamoto, Katsuyuki; Kitano, Hiroya; Takeuchi, Hiromi


    Piriform sinus fistula (PSF) is a rare branchial anomaly that causes repetitive acute suppurative thyroiditis or deep neck abscess. The definitive treatment of PSF is open neck surgery. However, such surgery has a cosmetic problem and a high risk of recurrence. Furthermore, identifying the fistula is difficult due to previous repetitive infections. We report a case of esophageal submucosal abscess caused by PSF treated with endoscopic mucosal incision. The patient underwent transoral video laryngoscopic surgery (TOVS), and endoscopy as well as fluoroscopy revealed complete closure of PSF without any complication. TOVS is a novel surgical technique for the definitive treatment of PSF with esophageal submucosal abscess.

  14. Recurrent Breast Abscesses due to Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii, a Human Pathogen Uncommon in Caucasian Women

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    Anne Le Flèche-Matéos


    Full Text Available Background. Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii (Ck was first described in 1998 from human sputum. Contrary to what is observed in ethnic groups such as Maori, Ck is rarely isolated from breast abscesses and granulomatous mastitis in Caucasian women. Case Presentation. We herein report a case of recurrent breast abscesses in a 46-year-old Caucasian woman. Conclusion. In the case of recurrent breast abscesses, even in Caucasian women, the possible involvement of Ck should be investigated. The current lack of such investigations, probably due to the difficulty to detect Ck, may cause the underestimation of such an aetiology.

  15. Rapidly expanding lung abscess caused by Legionella pneumophila in immunocompromised patients: a report of two cases. (United States)

    Miyara, Takayuki; Tokashiki, Kaori; Shimoji, Tsutomu; Tamaki, Kazunori; Koide, Michio; Saito, Atsushi


    We describe two cases of lung abscess caused by Legionella pneumophila in immunocompromised patients. The first case had been treated initially with 60 mg prednisolone for ulcerative colitis, and L. pneumophila serogroup 1 was isolated from sputum samples after cavitation of the lung lesion. The second case was diagnosed as plasma cell lymphoma at post-mortem examination. L. pneumophila serogroup 5 was isolated from the contents of lung abscess, together with Enterococcus faecium and Prevotella intermedia in the post-mortem examination. Lung abscess caused by Legionella is unusual. Here, we discuss the difficulty of diagnosis of legionellosis in patients with unusual chest radiographic findings.

  16. Prevotella brain abscess in a healthy young patient with a patent foramen ovale. (United States)

    Han, Seong Rok; Choi, Chan Young; Kwak, Jae-Jin


    Brain abscesses are frequently caused by poly-microbial conditions. Comparatively, brain abscesses caused by Prevotella species are very rare. Right-to-left cardiac shunting due to a patent foramen ovale may predispose patients to infection. We report an isolated Prevotella brain abscess that occurred in a healthy, young, male patient with a patent foramen ovale. The patient did not have a clinically obvious odontogenic source of infection, and no other distant extracranial infectious sources were observed. The patient was successfully treated with stereotactic aspiration and antibiotics.


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    Full Text Available A prospective and retrospective study was conducted in Hamidia hospital and Gandhi medical college Bhopal from year June 2010 to May 2014. Study included patients having intracranial abscesses. The objective was to know the incidence and prevalen ce, clinical features and management as well as outcome. Radiological and microbiological investigations were done. Procedures performed were lumbar puncture and intracranial abscess drainage by aspiration or craniotomy in few patients. There were total 33 patients in five years out of which 17 patients were operated and 16 were treated conservatively. Most common complication was residual abscess, meningitis and persistent hemiplegic.

  18. Abscess Formation after Septic Arthritis in the Sternoclavicular Joint of Two Healthy Men

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    Jeppe Henriksen


    Full Text Available Abscess formation after septic arthritis in the sternoclavicular joint is a rare phenomenon in healthy people without immune suppression, intravenous drug abuse, or diabetes. Here we report two cases with formation of abscess in two middle-aged men, with no relevant comorbidities and no obvious sites of infection. The abscesses were both treated surgically with debridement followed by negative pressure wound therapy and antibiotics. The cases differ in diagnostic procedures and delay of diagnosis and broach the issues of handling a rare disease.

  19. Primary bone lymphoma of the distal tibia mimicking brodie's abscess

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    Park, Jina; Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin; Park, Chan Kum [Hanyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The 'penumbra sign' on an unenhanced T1-weighted image is a well-known characteristic of Brodie's abscess, and this sign is extremely helpful for discriminating subacute osteomyelitis from other bone lesions. We present a case of primary bone lymphoma of the distal tibia mimicking subacute osteomyelitis with Brodie's abscess in a 50-year-old woman. Initial radiographs and MRI showed a lesion in the distal tibia consistent with Brodie's abscess with the penumbra sign. Histopathological examination of the surgical biopsy specimen confirmed the presence of a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma involving the bone.

  20. Nasal septal abscess--retrospective analysis of 14 cases from University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur. (United States)

    Jalaludin, M A


    Fourteen patients who presented to the University Hospital of Kuala Lumpur between June 1981 and June 1991 were reviewed retrospectively. Nasal septal abscesses are uncommon and therefore there are limited reports in the medical literature. Early diagnosis and immediate therapy is mandatory to avoid cosmetic nasal deformity or intracranial infection. Two out of the fourteen patients developed saddle nose deformity and septal perforation because of delay in treatment, the cases were misdiagnosed by non-otolaryngologist as turbinates swelling. The leading cause of nasal septal abscess was non-surgical trauma which accounted for about 85.7%. The commonest pathogenic organism isolated from the pus of nasal septal abscess was Staphylococcus aureus.