Turkish Neurosurgery 2007 , Vol 17 , Num 1
Ischemic Stroke Complicated by a Brain Abscess: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
Hakan EMMEZ, Alp Özgün BÖRCEK, Fikret DOĞULU, Necdet ÇEVİKER
Gazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Neurosurgery Department, Ankara, Turkey Ischemic stroke and brain abscess are life threatening, severe medical conditions requiring urgent and comprehensive evaluation. Brain abscess is a very rare and dangerous complication of ischemic stroke that can be treated successfully when diagnosed. Association of these two life threatening condition may cause catastrophic results.

In this report, we present our experience with an ischemic stroke case complicated by a brain abscess under the light of previous literature. A 64-yearold patient with a cerebral infarction complicated by a cerebral abscess is reported with its clinical and radiological features.

Because of their insidious and opportunistic nature, brain abscess complicating cerebral infarcts are pathologies requiring a high index of suspicion for proper treatment and favorable results. Keywords : Brain abscess, Ce rebral infarction, Ischemic stro k e , Cerebrovascular accident

Corresponding author : Alp Özgün Börcek, alpob@yahoo.com