Cerebral abscess is an infection in the brain that results in inflammation and a buildup of pus and other materials that can press heavily against brain tissue.
An abscess can interfere with mental function, causing confusion and problems with speech, vision and thought processes. It may also interfere with coordination, and may cause weakness and loss of motor function. Other symptoms may include seizure, headache, pain in the neck, shoulders and back, drowsiness, fever, chills, and vomiting.
Treatment options may include intravenous antibiotics, medications to reduce inflammation and prevent seizures, and surgery to drain the abscess.
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