Cerebral abscesses due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus complicating stroke

Paolo Carfagna, Gianluca Bianco, Gianluca Pavoni, David Tarasi, Alessandro Capone, Mario Venditti

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A 76-year-old man suffered a stroke with global aphasia and right hemiplegia. The ischemic infarction was demonstrated by computed tomography. After 2 months, multiple brain abscesses developed at the site of the original infarction. Blood and abscess aspiration cultures yielded a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Infection was probably caused by hematogenous dissemination from aspiration pneumonia. Secondary localization in a previous hemorrhage or infarction area, as a consequence of a bloodstream infection, is rarely documented, with only a few cases reported in the medical literature. To our knowledge, this is the first case with this antibiotic-resistant organism. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000


  • Brain abscess
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Internal Medicine


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