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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2016, 4(1), 1-4
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-4-1-1
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A Unique Case of Bilateral Frontal Lobe Abscesses in a Young Male

Mary Mathews1, , Yousef Botros1, Ariel Fromowitz2, Alex Riss1, Ali Zahran1 and Michael Lange1

1Department of Internal Medicine, New York Medical College-St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey

2Department of Internal Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

Pub. Date: January 05, 2016

Cite this paper:
Mary Mathews, Yousef Botros, Ariel Fromowitz, Alex Riss, Ali Zahran and Michael Lange. A Unique Case of Bilateral Frontal Lobe Abscesses in a Young Male. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2016; 4(1):1-4. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-4-1-1


A brain abscess is a serious complication that may arise from a source of infection from within the cranium or from an extracranial source. We discuss a unique case of a 36 year-old male with a history of heroin abuse who presented with pan-sinusitis and bilateral frontal lobe abscesses. The patient presented with the symptoms of prolonged drowsiness and a left eyelid infection for which he was already receiving treatment. He had a normal neurological exam upon admission. CT scan of the head was performed which showed left orbital cellulitis, pan-sinusitis, and bilateral frontal lobe abscesses. A follow-up MRI was performed as well which showed cerebral edema. The patient was started on broad spectrum antibiotics, and neurosurgical aspiration and drainage of the abscesses was performed. Microbiological culture results enabled us to narrow the spectrum of the antibiotics. The patient completed his course of antibiotics. At a follow up exam 6 weeks later, the patient had no neurological deficits, and the abscesses seemed to be improving as seen in the imaging.

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