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February 1955


Author Affiliations

Montreal, Canada; Waterbury, Conn.; Montreal, Canada
From the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):212-216. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020226009

THIS REPORT is based upon a study of the case records of a series of 125 patients having pyogenic abscess of the brain which was verified either by operation or postmortem examination at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute over a 25-year period (19251950).* The treatment had been carried out by various members of the staffs of these two hospitals. We are much indebted to them for the use of this material.

We propose to make certain observations on these infections and their relationship to the sources from which they were apparently derived.

SITES OF DISSEMINATION RESULTING IN BRAIN ABSCESS  Eighty-five of the series were considered to be derived from loci of infection proximate to the brain; 18, from remote loci, and 22, from sources unknown.

PROXIMATE LOCI OF INFECTION RESULTING IN BRAIN ABSCESS  It is evident (Table 1) that most of the intracranial abscesses of this

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