Subdural empyema

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard



Patient Data

Age: Adult

CT brain

Faintly seen is an extra-axial collection medial to the left frontal lobe. Frontal sinuses are opacified.


MRI brain

MRI demonstrate bilateral thin but widespread peripherally enhancing subdural collections associated wtih florid leptomeningeal enhancement. The frontal sinuses are opacified, and represent the likely source of infection. 

Case Discussion

Subdural empyema is an uncommon form of intracranial infection in the industrialised world where meningism is usually promptly treated. 

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Case information

rID: 8917
Published: 9th Mar 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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