Child's Nervous System

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 825–827 | Cite as

Subdural empyema caused by an unusual organism following intracranial haematoma

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



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.


Subdural empyema Chronic subdural haematoma Salmonella Gastroenteritis Burr hole Needle aspiration 


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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

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