Child's Nervous System

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 825–827

Subdural empyema caused by an unusual organism following intracranial haematoma

  • Pieter C. Le Roux
  • Martin Wood
  • Robert A. J. Campbell
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-007-0313-x

Cite this article as:
Le Roux, P.C., Wood, M. & Campbell, R.A.J. Childs Nerv Syst (2007) 23: 825. doi:10.1007/s00381-007-0313-x

Abstract

Introduction

Subdural empyema is not commonly diagnosed in the developed world, occurring mostly after meningitis, sinusitis, trauma or surgery.

Discussion

The diagnosis of subdural empyema constitutes a neurosurgical emergency, and surgical treatment is usually required to drain the collection and provide sufficient material to permit a microbiological diagnosis. The authors report a case of subdural empyema, which was somewhat atypical in the timing and nature of presentation and its microbiological features.

Keywords

Subdural empyemaChronic subdural haematomaSalmonellaGastroenteritisBurr holeNeedle aspiration

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter C. Le Roux
    • 1
  • Martin Wood
    • 1
  • Robert A. J. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric NeurosurgeryMater Children’s HospitalBrisbaneAustralia