Michael S. B. Edwards

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  • OUTCOME OF BRAIN-ABSCESS TREATMENT IN CHILDREN - REDUCED MORBIDITY WITH NEUROIMAGING PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Ferriero, D. M., DERECHIN, M., Edwards, M. S., Berg, B. O. 1987; 3 (3): 148-152

    Abstract:

    Records were reviewed of 17 patients, ages 4 months to 18 years, who had been diagnosed as having brain abscesses between 1975-1984. Serial computed tomography was used to guide treatment; consequently, 8 patients were managed medically and 9 received surgical intervention. All medically treated patients were free of neurologic residua upon subsequent examination. Positive identification of organisms from systemic cultures and close computed tomographic monitoring prevented the need for surgical intervention in these patients. The surgically treated patients were sicker at presentation, and of the 9 patients requiring surgical intervention, 4 had neurologic sequelae and 1 patient died. Brain abscess aspiration or excision revealed organisms in 7 of the 9 surgically treated patients. The reduction in morbidity and mortality was due in part to early recognition and monitoring of abscess size with contrast-enhanced computed tomography and avoidance of surgical excision of the abscess.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1987H850200004

    View details for PubMedID 3508060

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