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Brain Abscess and Head Trauma

Arthur Winter, M.D.; Milton Shoshkes, M.D.
JAMA. 1961;176(12):1039-1041. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.63040250022020c.
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TWO RECENT articles have called attention to the fact that minor head injuries can result in brain abscesses or recurrent meningitides.1, 2 The interval until the onset of symptoms after the trauma may not be determined during the life of the patient and may, at first, even be designated as an "idiopathic brain abscess."3

We present the following case because the type of sequence described, a minor head injury followed shortly by the onset of symptoms of a brain abscess, took place.

Report of a Case  A 39-year-old married woman who had previously been in good health was admitted to Newark Beth Israel Hospital on Aug. 16, 1960. While at work on Aug. 8, she had tripped, fallen, and struck the right side of her head. There was no immediate or delayed loss of consciousness following this injury. However, 24 hours after this she complained of a severe


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