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Indexed/Abstracted in: e-psyche, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Neuroscience Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-1855
De Nazareth Hermes Jr. M. 1, Rodrigues Pereira E. L. 1, Castro Ribeiro D. E. 1, Da Silva Mello G. 2, Hartuique Rodrigues D. C. 2, Crociati Meguins L. 2, Toyoki Motoki Teixeira V. H. 2, De Souza Rogério J. 1
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Ophir Loyola, Belém, Pará, Brazil;
2 Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, Pará Federal University, Belém, Pará, Brazil
The brainstem is an uncommon site for a brain abscess. It accounts for less than 4% of all posterior cranial fossa abscesses, and less than 1% of all intracranial abscesses. The pons is the most common site for these abscesses. The aim of the present report was to describe the case of a Brazilian Amazon man with a brainstem abscess (BSA) managed with combined surgical drainage and systemic antibiotic therapy. This case reinforces the importance of an early suspicion of BSA in patients with unexplained fever and neurologic deficits, especially sixth and seventh cranial nerve lesions, to minimize permanent damage.