To Determine the Frequency of Brain Abscess and its Common Bacteria in Patients Presenting with Highly Suspected Clinical Features

  • Naeem -ul-Haq Department of Neurosurgery, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar
  • Zahid Khan Department of Neurosurgery, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar
  • Seema Sharafat Department of Neurosurgery, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar
  • Muhammad Ishaq Department of Neurosurgery, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar
Keywords: Frequency, Brain Abscess, bacteria, Viridians streptococci, Staphylococcus aureus


Objective: To determine the frequency of brain abscess and its common bacteria in patients presenting with highly suspected clinical features.
Material and Methods: It was a Descriptive (cross sectional) Study conducted in the Department of Neur-osurgery Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. Duration of study was 1 year, from Jan 2011 to Jan 2012. Total number of patients with highly suspected clinical features were 134. CT brain and MRI brain was done for these patients. SPSS version 17 was used for data analysis.
Results: Among 134 cases, 93 (63%) were male and 41 (3.60%) were female. Majority 49% (n = 66) were between 21 – 30 years of age. Frequency of brain abscess was revealed in 12.69% (n = 17), common bacteria was Streptococcus Viridians having 41.18% (n = 7) cases, Staphylococcus Aureus 29.41% (n = 5), Bacteriods fragilis was 17.65% (n = 3) and Peptostreptococcus 11.76% (n = 2).
Conclusion: The results of the study reveals frequency of brain abscess is still higher in our population while Viridians streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus are most common bacteria.


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