If one allows for the highly specialized response of cerebral tissue to infection, the treatment of abscess of the brain, like the treatment of abscess elsewhere in the body, resolves itself into two major considerations: (1) What is the best time for operation, and (2) what method of drainage gives the best results? These two problems have been fully discussed by Frazier1 in a recent communication.
There seems to be little doubt that the optimum time to drain an abscess of the brain is after encapsulation has taken place. Grant2 in a review of fifty-one cases of abscess of the brain has strikingly brought forth the unfortunate results of hasty intervention. Of nineteen patients on whom drainage of the abscess was attempted before the lapse of the six week period from the onset of cerebral symptoms not one survived. Encapsulation of a suppurative focus in the
KAPLAN A. ABSCESS OF THE BRAIN: REPORT OF FIVE CONSECUTIVE RECOVERIES, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE MOSHER DRAIN AND PNEUMOGRAPHIC VISUALIZATION OF THE ABSCESS CAVITY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(4):385–405. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020397001
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