, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 825-827
Date: 27 Mar 2007

Subdural empyema caused by an unusual organism following intracranial haematoma

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


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.