Cerebellar abscess due to infection with the anaerobic bacteria fusobacterium nucleatum: A case report

Takafumi Shimogawa, Tetsuro Sayama, Sei Haga, Tomoaki Akiyama, Takato Morioka

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We report a rare case of cerebellar abscess produced by anaerobic bacteria. A 76-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a history of fever, vomiting, and dizziness lasting 14 days. Computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance images showed the presence of a multiloculated cerebellar abscess with a right subdural abscess. The patient underwent aspiration of the abscess through a suboccipital craniotomy. Fusobacterium nucleatum, which is an anaerobic bacteria naturally present in the human oral cavity, was detected in cultures of the aspirated abscess. The patient was administered antibiotic treatment combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). The symptoms were briefly relieved but the cerebellar abscess recurred, which required a second aspiration. The combined treatment with antibiotics and HBO was maintained after the second operation. After 6 weeks of treatment, the cerebellar abscess was completely controlled. We conclude that antibiotic treatment combined with HBO is useful for treatment of cerebellar abscesses caused by infection with anaerobic bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalNeurological Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

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