Brain Abscess


This is a pocket of pus in your brain. Tissue has grown around it, walling it off from the rest of your body. The mass is filled with white blood cells, dead tissue and germs. It can grow and press harmfully against your brain, causing a medical emergency.


A brain abscess is most often caused by a bacterial or a fungal infection. Germs can get into your brain during surgery. They can get in through a head wound. Or, you can have an infection in another part of your body and the germs can travel through your blood to your brain.


The symptoms of a brain abscess can come on quickly. You may have headaches, fever, chills and vomiting. You may be confused and sleepy. You may have problems with language, vision and sensation. You may feel weak. You may have seizures. Without proper care, a brain abscess can cause brain damage. It can be life threatening.


Get medical care as soon as possible. Some abscesses can be treated with medicine. You may need a procedure to relieve pressure in your brain. You may need surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that is right for you.