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Brain Abscess Fast Facts
Brain abscesses are very rare: less than 20,000 US cases are reported yearly. A brain abscess is often the result of an infection in the head or body that spreads to the brain. Prompt treatment of a brain abscess is essential to prevent long-term damage or fatal consequences.
Without treatment, a brain abscess can lead to long-term neurological problems or even death.
Having a compromised immune system can put you at risk of developing a brain abscess. People with HIV/AIDS or other conditions that affect the immune system, as well as those using immune-suppressant drugs, are at increased risk.
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Brain Abscess Caregiver Tips
In severe cases, brain abscesses can result in profound symptoms and personality changes that may prevent the sufferer from functioning effectively in his or her daily life. An abscess might occur, too, in conjunction with a brain injury or surgery that introduce their own demands and responsibilities on the part of caregivers.
If you are a caregiver for a loved one with a brain abscess, keep these tips in mind: