Brain Abscess

Overview

4.6 out of 5 (69 Reviews)

Credits

2.00

Post Assessment Questions

11

Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

26 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

A brain abscess is a localized area of necrosis within the brain parenchyma, often stemming from infectious or traumatic origins. Infections in head and neck sites and microbial pathogens like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus contribute to its development. The abscess can originate locally (from the ear, teeth, sinuses, mastoid air cells, or epidural) or remotely (lung, heart, kidney). Brain abscesses may be associated with congenital heart disease in young children and are more prevalent in the third decade of life.

Clinicians participating in thi activity can expect to enhance their knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of brain abscesses. The program provides an overview of the evidence-based approaches, emphasizing accurate identification, appropriate imaging modalities, risk factors, and effective treatment strategies. Participants gain insights into the multidisciplinary collaboration required for optimal patient care. The activity aims to improve clinicians' competence in navigating the complexities of brain abscess cases, ultimately leading to more informed decision-making, enhanced patient outcomes, and a heightened ability to address the challenges associated with this neurological condition.


Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the clinical manifestations and radiological features indicative of a brain abscess.

  • Implement appropriate diagnostic procedures, including neuroimaging and microbiological studies, to confirm the diagnosis of a brain abscess.

  • Apply evidence-based pharmacological interventions to treat brain abscesses, considering antibiotic selection and dosage factors.

  • Collaborate with colleagues, including neurosurgeons, radiologists, infectious disease specialists, and other relevant professionals, to optimize the management of brain abscesses.

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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 

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Joseph F. on 12/28/2023

1) Under section headed "Prognosis": the sentence reads "...mortality rate has reduced from 5% to 10%" which seems to be a mistake. I believe was the sentence was meant to read "...mortality rate has reduced from 10% to 5%". 2) It would be helpful for the educational material about brain abscess include all of the specific organisms, clinical situations, and recommended antibiotics that were included in the questions. It appeared that there were questions about material not covered in the educational material.

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