Brain abscesses associated with right-to-left shunts in adults

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Abstract

Although brain abscesses are frequently cryptogenic in origin, bacteria must reach the brain either by direct or hematogenous spread. Right-to-left shunts, caused either by intrapulmonary vascular malformations or congenital heart defects, may allow microorganisms to evade the normal host defenses in the lungs and lead to development of brain abscesses. Two patients recently presented with brain abscesses and were found to have conditions associated with right-to-left shunts. The diagnosis of brain abscess should prompt the clinician to consider right-to-left shunts as a possible predisposing condition for brain abscess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume343
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Brain Abscess
Vascular Malformations
Congenital Heart Defects
Bacteria
Lung
Brain

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Brain abscesses associated with right-to-left shunts in adults. / Memon, Kashif A.; Cleveland, Kerry; Gelfand, Michael.

In: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Vol. 343, No. 4, 01.01.2012, p. 334-336.

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