A case of a brain stem abscess with a favorable outcome

Vincent J Bulthuis*, Felix S Gubler, Onno P M Teernstra, Yasin Temel

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BACKGROUND: A brain stem abscess is a rare and severe medical condition. Here, we present a rare case of a brain stem abscess in a young pregnant woman, requiring acute stereotactic intervention.

CASE DESCRIPTION: A 36-year-old woman presented with a headache, nausea, and vomiting, and computed tomography showed a space-occupying lesion in the brain stem. She became shortly after comatose, and we decided to perform an acute stereotactic aspiration of the abscess. Soon after surgery, her neurological condition improved dramatically.

CONCLUSION: A brainstem abscess is a life-threatening condition with a potentially good outcome if treated adequately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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