Brain abscess

Anesthesia
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By John E Greenlee MD

Brain abscess is not a contraindication to the use of anesthesia. Many patients with brain abscess will have significantly elevated intracranial pressure. Caution must be used in such patients if anesthetic agents such as halothane, methoxyflurane, or ketamine are used. These agents cause intracranial vasodilatation and, thus, may further increase intracranial pressure and the risk of herniation.

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Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Prevention
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
Pregnancy
Anesthesia
References cited
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