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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 202-205

Multiple intracranial abscesses: Heralding asymptomatic venosus ASD

1 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Salmania Medical Complex, BDF Hospital, Manama, Bahrain
2 Department of Pediatrics, Salmania Medical Complex, BDF Hospital, Manama, Bahrain
3 Department of Cardiology, MKCC, BDF Hospital, Manama, Bahrain

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Praveen K Gupta
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, 12, Bldg 695, Salmania Tower B, Road 1123, Block 311, Salmania, Manama
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DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.125677

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A case of multiple intracranial abscesses in an immune-competent young girl is reported. She had chicken pox. Two weeks later, she presented with multiple intracranial abscesses. No significant cardiac abnormality was detected on transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). The condition was treated medically. However, one of the abscesses adjacent to the CSF pathways enlarged on treatment and caused obstructive hydrocephalus that required stereotactic aspiration. Gram stain showed gram positive cocci in chain. Pus was sterile on culture. She was treated with broad spectrum IV antibiotics based on Gram staining report for 6 weeks followed by another 8 weeks of oral antibiotics. She made good recovery and had been leading a normal life. The abscess capsules took 30 months to resolve completely on MRI. A repeat TTE done in the follow up showed enlarged right heart chambers with a suggestion of a venosus ASD. A trans-esophageal echocardiogram (TEE) confirmed the presence of sinus venosus ASD from the SVC side with mainly left to right shunt. There was also partial anomalous drainage of the pulmonary veins. The patient underwent correction of the defect and has been doing well.

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