Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 33–34 | Cite as

Enterobacter sakazakii brain abscess in the neonate: the importance of neuroradiologic imaging

  • J. H. Burdette
  • C. Santos
Original article


Background. Enterobacter sakazakii is a rare but important cause of life-threatening neonatal sepsis and meningitis complicated by the development of brain abscess.¶Objective. Given the neurotropic qualities of this organism, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial as a poor prognosis follows brain abscess formation.¶Materials and methods. Cross-sectional imaging (CT and MRI) play an important role in the diagnostic work-up.¶Conclusion. A biopsy-proven case of E. sakazakii brain abscess, which was diagnosed on MR images, is presented, and the importance of prompt radiologic imaging of the central nervous system in the work-up of patients with this life-threatening disease is discussed.


Nervous System Central Nervous System Poor Prognosis Meningitis Early Diagnosis 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Burdette
    • 1
  • C. Santos
    • 2
  1. 1.Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157–1088, USAUS
  2. 2.Department Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Bowman Gray Campus, Winston-Salem, NC, USAUS

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