Delayed brain abscess related to a retained foreign body with culture of Clostridium bifermentans

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  • 1 Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, and Neurosurgery Section, Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
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✓ Although it is well documented that retained foreign bodies are associated with delayed intracranial abscess, there are few reports of anaerobic organism growth. A case is presented in which a left parieto-occipital abscess surrounded a metallic fragment implanted when a mortar shell exploded in Vietnam 15 years before. The diagnostic evaluation and surgical management of this case are presented.

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