Deep brain abscess

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Abdrabou


Headache followed by disturbed conscious level. The patient was previously diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis

Patient Data

Age: 55 years old
Gender: Female

Right basal ganglionic well defined cystic lesion that exhibits low signal of its content in T1 and FLAIR and high signal in T2. Its wall displays low signal in T2 and FLAIR while hyperintense signal in T1 likely from free radicals and enhances avidly following contrast injection (ring enhancement). It is surrounded by perifocal edema and exerts positive mass effect upon the adjacent lateral ventricle.

Diagnosis: Intracerebral abscess

Case Discussion

DD of lesions with ring enhancing lesions includes brain abscess, metastasis, subacute infarction, lymphoma in immunocompromised patient, glioma, radiation necrosis and demyelination (incomplete ring). The patient underwent surgical drainage and pus was aspirated.

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Case information

rID: 24492
Published: 21st Aug 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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