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June 1935

OTOGENOUS ABSCESS OF THE PARIETAL LOBEREVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF SIX CASES

Author Affiliations

LOS ANGELES
From the Departments of Neurology of the College of Medical Evangelists and the University of Southern California, and the Ramón Cajal Laboratory of Neuropathology, Los Angeles County General Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1935;30(6):930-955. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180120024002
Abstract

Otogenous abscess of the brain is commonly located in the temporal lobe or cerebellum. This dictum has proved to be true so often that the exceptions to it—cases of abscess in another cerebral lobe—have been almost entirely forgotten or ignored. The more critical reviews concerned with intracranial complications of otitis media refer to individual and often isolated cases of abscess in the frontal, parietal or occipital lobe. Those in the frontal lobe, perhaps because of their greater incidence in this "remote" group, have been given most attention. That these more distant abscesses are not as uncommon as they first appear to be is indicated by their frequency in any large series of cases of otitic abscesses verified at autopsy. This incidence is not absolute, for an increasing percentage of patients with abscess in the temporal lobe or cerebellum are cured by surgical drainage, while abscess elsewhere has been almost uniformly

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