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A Review of Brain Abscess Surgical Treatment-78 Years: Aspiration versus Excision.
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PMID:  22152572     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The literature regarding surgical treatment of brain abscess was reviewed from 1990 to (and including) 2008 to supplement a previous literature review from 1930 to 1990.
METHODS: The Ovid Medline database 1950-2009 with the year range limited to 1990-2009 was used to identify all articles relating to brain abscess. The results were compared with a previously published review from 1930-1990 by the senior author.
RESULTS: The original finding was confirmed that the high mortality from aspiration in the pre-computer tomography era decreased dramatically after computer tomographic scanning became available. In the present review, the mean mortality for aspiration post-1990 was 6.6% for publications with more than five patients. With surgical excision by craniotomy, the mean mortality in the same period was 12.7%.
CONCLUSIONS: The present review suggests that aspiration may be the first surgical choice in patients with supratentorial parenchymal brain abscesses.
Thiloka Erandathi Ratnaike; Suparna Das; Barbara Ann Gregson; A David Mendelow
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  World neurosurgery     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1878-8750     ISO Abbreviation:  World Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528275     Medline TA:  World Neurosurg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  431-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurosurgery, Newcastle University, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
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