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Brain abscess as a manifestation of spinal dermal sinus

Authors Emami-Naeini P, Mahdavi A, Ahmadi H, Baradaran N, Nejat F

Published 10 October 2008 Volume 2008:4(5) Pages 1143—1147


Parisa Emami-Naeini, Ali Mahdavi, Hamed Ahmadi, Nima Baradaran, Farideh Nejat

Department of Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Medical Sciences/University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Dermal sinuses have been associated with a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic to drainage of purulent material from the sinus tract, inclusion tumors, meningitis, and spinal abscess. To date, there has been no documented report of brain abscess as a complication of spinal dermal sinus. Here, we report an 8-month-old girl who was presented initially with a brain abscess at early infancy but lumbar dermal sinus and associated spinal abscess were discovered afterwards. The probable mechanisms of this rare association have been discussed.

Keywords: brain abscess, spinal dermal sinus, spinal abscess

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