Brain abscess formation as a CSF shunt complication: A case report

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The formation of a brain abscess as a result of a cerebrospinal fluid shunt complication is extremely rare in the literature with only 7 cases reported in the last 20 years. We report a patient that developed a brain abscess adjacent to a functioning ventricular catheter in the presence of shunt infection by another pathogen. Clinicians should consider this complication in any shunted patient with clinical features of infection and suggestive changes on imaging however subtle. Expedited standard management for the abscess and the CSF shunt infection, if present, should be employed. Removal of all non-functioning catheters should be encouraged. © 2009 Jamjoom et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




Jamjoom, A. A. B., Waliuddin, A. R., & Jamjoom, A. B. (2009). Brain abscess formation as a CSF shunt complication: A case report. Cases Journal, 2(1).

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