On the basis of the data provided by literature the majority of patients with an arteriovenous malformation of the lung who develop a brain abscess suffer from hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, or Rendu-Osler-Weber disease. Only nine cases of brain abscesses in which the arteriovenous malformation of the lung was isolated have been described and in all of these, clinical signs and/or alterations in the laboratory data were detected which can be attributed to the arteriovenous malformation itself. The case taken in this article would seem to be the first case of a recurrent brain abscess in a patient not suffering from Rendu-Osler-Weber with a completely asymptomatic arteriovenous malformation of the lung, both from the clinical point of view and from laboratory data. The authors stress the appropriacy of an angiographic pulmonary study in cases of recurrent brain abscesses, even where the chest X-ray has been negative.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
- cerebral abscess
- pulmonary arteriovenous malformation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology