Cerebral abscess after posterior fossa craniectomy

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Recent posterior fossa surgery for resection of a haemangioblastoma. Now increasing headaches.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Posterior fossa craniectomy. A peripherally enhancing lesion is present in the surgical bed with surrounding oedema.

Case Discussion

Although rare, cerebral / cerebellar abscess formation is encountered following craniotomies and enhancement cannot be dismissed as post surgical change. 

This patient underwent a repeat craniotomy and drainage of the collection. He made a complete recovery. 

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Case information

rID: 5299
Published: 1st Jan 2009
Last edited: 23rd Mar 2018
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