Risk factors associated with poor outcomes in patients with brain abscesses

Seok Jin Ko, Kyung Jae Park, Dong Hyuk Park, Shin Hyuk Kang, Jung Yul Park, Yong Gu Chung

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics, treatment outcomes, and prognostic factors in patients with brain abscesses treated in a single institute during a recent 10-year period. Methods: Fifty-one patients with brain abscesses who underwent navigation-assisted abscess aspiration with antibiotic treatment were included in this study. Variable parameters were collected from the patients’ medical records and radiological data. A comparison was made between patients with favorable [Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) ≥4] and unfavorable (GOS <4) outcomes at discharge. Additionally, we investigated the factors influencing the duration of antibiotic administration. Results: The study included 41 male and 10 female patients with a mean age of 53 years. At admission, 42 patients (82%) showed either clear or mildly disturbed consciousness (GCS ≥13) and 24 patients (47%) had predisposing factors. The offending microorganisms were identified in 25 patients (49%), and Streptococcus species were the most commonly isolated bacteria (27%). The mean duration of antibiotic administration was 42 days. At discharge, 41 patients had a favorable outcome and 10 had an unfavorable outcome including 8 deaths. The decreased level of consciousness (GCS <13) on admission was likely associated with an unfavorable outcome (p=0.052), and initial hyperglycemia (≥140 mg/dL) was an independent risk factor for prolonged antibiotic therapy (p=0.032). Conclusion: We found that the level of consciousness at admission was associated with treatment outcomes in patients with brain abscesses. Furthermore, initial hyperglycemia was closely related to the long-term use of antibiotic agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes

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© 2014 The Korean Neurosurgical Society.


  • Brain abscess
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Glasgow Outcome Scale
  • Hyperglycemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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