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Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 146, Issue 8, pp 847–850 | Cite as

A case of delayed brain abscess due to a retained intracranial wooden foreign body: a case report and review of the last 20 years

  • Y. Nishio
  • N. Hayashi
  • H. Hamada
  • Y. Hirashima
  • S. Endo
Case Report

Summary

A 13-year-old female is presented. When she was six years old, she had fallen, holding wooden chopsticks and got stuck with a chopstick in the right upper eyelid. She was brought to a physician immediately, but a residual foreign body was missed and no particular symptom had developed during 7 years. She visited our department with fever and headache, and a brain abscess and an intracranial foreign body were found on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance image (MRI) 7 years after the penetrating injury. She underwent removal of the object and abscess by craniotomy and recovered without neurological abnormalities. Since intracranial retained wooden foreign bodies frequently cause delayed complications of severe central nervous system infection, surgical removal is necessary even in the absence of symptoms.

Keywords: Intracranial; wooden foreign body; brain abscess; periorbital wounds. 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Nishio
    • 1
  • N. Hayashi
    • 1
  • H. Hamada
    • 1
  • Y. Hirashima
    • 1
  • S. Endo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryToyama Medical and Pharmaceutical UniversityToyamaJapan

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