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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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BRIZUELA, Martín et al. Brain abscess in children: ten years of experience in a third level pediatric hospital. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.4, pp.e230-e232. ISSN 0325-0075.

Brain abscess is a focal infection that occurs with a frequency of 0.3-1.3 cases per 100,000 people/year. We describe the epidemiology, clinical and microbiology characteristics of 38 children diagnosed with brain abscess hospitalized between 4/1/2005 and 12/31/2015 at Hospital de Pediatría "Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan" in Buenos Aires City. Twenty-four patients were male. The median age was 132 months. Predisposing factors were detected in 25 children. The median evolution from onset of symptoms to the visit was 7 days. There were 27 cases with single lesions. Surgical drainage was performed in 34 patients. The most frequent bacteria were anaerobes, Streptococcus viridans and Staphylococcus aureus. The median of antibiotic treatment was 56 days and the median of hospitalization was 43 days. The lethality was 3%.

Keywords : Brain abscess; Bacteria; Anaerobic; Streptococcus viridans; Staphylococcus aureus.

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