What are the signs and symptoms of a brain abscess (cerebral abscess)?


What are the signs and symptoms of a brain abscess (cerebral abscess)?

The signs and symptoms of a brain abscess (cerebral abscess) may vary, depending on where in the brain it is located. Symptoms may develop rapidly or slowly.

In the majority of cases signs and symptoms continue for no more than two weeks before the patient is hospitalized.

A symptom is something the patient senses and describes, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor notice. For example, drowsiness may be a symptom while dilated pupils may be a sign.

The hallmark triad of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess.

The most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Changes in mental status, which may include:

    - Confusion

    - Drowsiness

    - Irritability

    - Poor mental focus

    - Poor responsiveness

    - Slow thought processes

  • Muscle weakness
  • Hemiparesis - weakness, paralysis on one side of the body
  • Aphasia - poor speech, for example slurred speech
  • Coordination becomes poorer
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever, chills
  • Fits (seizures)
  • Stiff neck, back or shoulders
  • Blurred, double or graying vision if the abscess presses on the optic nerve.
The signs and symptoms are caused by a combination of increased intracranial pressure as the abscess occupies more space, infection and focal neurologic brain tissue damage.

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