Cerebellar abscess

The impact of computed tomographic scanning

J. R. Van Dellen, Ross Bullock, M. H. Postma

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Abstract

Thirty-four cases of cerebellar abscess, diagnosed by computed tomographic (CT) scanning, were managed according to a standard protocol during a 4-year period. Triple high dosage intravenous antibiotics were used, open catheter drainage of the abscess was instituted, and external ventricular drainage was added if obvious hydrocephalus was present. Seventeen patients made a good recovery, and five remained minimally disabled. Ten patients died, and two were left severely disabled. A relationship between the level of consciousness on admission and final outcoma was established. In addition, two particular CT scan features (viz. the presence of hydrocephalus and the stage of the abscess) were significant adverse prognostic factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-550
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Abscess
Hydrocephalus
Drainage
Consciousness
Catheters
Anti-Bacterial Agents

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Van Dellen, J. R., Bullock, R., & Postma, M. H. (1987). Cerebellar abscess: The impact of computed tomographic scanning. Neurosurgery, 21(4), 547-550.

Cerebellar abscess : The impact of computed tomographic scanning. / Van Dellen, J. R.; Bullock, Ross; Postma, M. H.

In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 21, No. 4, 01.01.1987, p. 547-550.

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Van Dellen, JR, Bullock, R & Postma, MH 1987, 'Cerebellar abscess: The impact of computed tomographic scanning', Neurosurgery, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 547-550.
Van Dellen JR, Bullock R, Postma MH. Cerebellar abscess: The impact of computed tomographic scanning. Neurosurgery. 1987 Jan 1;21(4):547-550.
Van Dellen, J. R. ; Bullock, Ross ; Postma, M. H. / Cerebellar abscess : The impact of computed tomographic scanning. In: Neurosurgery. 1987 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 547-550.
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