Brain Abscess

  1. General information
    1. Collection of free or encapsulated pus within the brain tissue
    2. Usually follows an infectious process elsewhere in the body (ear, sinuses, mastoid bone).
  2. Assessment findings
    1. Headache, malaise, anorexia
    2. Vomiting
    3. Signs of increased ICP
    4. Focal neurologic deficits (hemiparesis, seizures)
  3. Nursing interventions
    1. Administer large doses of antibiotics as ordered.
    2. Monitor vital signs and neuro checks.
    3. Provide symptomatic and supportive care.
    4. Prepare client for surgery if indicated (see Craniotomy).

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