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October 21, 1922

A CASE OF BRAIN ABSCESS OF UNUSUAL ETIOLOGY

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Pathological Department, Mount Sinai Hospital.

JAMA. 1922;79(17):1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420170002016a

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Abstract

Brain abscess usually results from one of three causes: (1) chronic purulent otitis media; (2) fracture of the skull, with or without external injury, and (3) abscesses of metastatic origin. The occurrence in civil life of a brain abscess resulting from direct introduction into the brain of an infected foreign body is sufficiently unusual to warrant publication. Furthermore, had the possible serious sequelae of the injury in this case been borne in mind, the presence of an abscess might have been suspected, and the child's life saved by a timely operation.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —A boy, aged 6 years, who had always been in good health, had stumbled and fallen, six weeks before admission, on a stick which he was carrying, causing a small wound on the left side of the face which bled profusely. This wound became infected and discharged considerable pus, but healed firmly in about eight

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