The successful treatment of abscess of the brain depends on timely diagnosis as well as on proper surgical procedure. Timely diagnosis means diagnosis often in the absence of localizing signs and in the presence of comparatively vague signs of increased intracranial pressure. If diagnosis of an abscess of the brain is deferred until definite paralysis, aphasia or other localizing signs develop, with choked disk, many patients will be moribund and perhaps die before surgical drainage can be established. It is fairly well recognized that aural suppuration is the most common single cause of abscess of the brain, so that patients with such cases are usually referred to the otologist early in the disease. Moreover, the patient himself, being conscious of the discharge from his ear, is apt to connect the cerebral symptoms with the otitic trouble and consult an otologist.
That an abscess of the brain can develop following very
FAUNCE CB, SHAMBAUGH GE. ABSCESS OF THE BRAIN FOLLOWING MILD TRANSITORY OTITIS MEDIA. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(5):673–678. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050664007
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