Amoebic brain abscess

Amoebic brain abscess
Classification and external resources
Specialty infectious disease
ICD-10 A06.6
ICD-9-CM 006.5

An Amoebic brain abscess is a brain abscess caused by amoebas. Symptoms that accompany this abscess are collections of immune cells, and large groupings of pus that gather in the brain.[1]

This very rare case has only been reported and examined on 216 known occurrences, dating back to 1849. Diagnosis for this abscess entails numerous medical tests and studies.

It can be caused by Entamoeba histolytica.[2]

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis and Granulomatous amoebic encephalitis can also invade the brain.

See also

Naegleria fowleri



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  2. Shah AA, Shaikh H, Karim M (February 1994). "Amoebic brain abscess: a rare but serious complication of Entamoeba histolytica infection". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 57 (2): 240–1. doi:10.1136/jnnp.57.2.240-a. PMC 1072466Freely accessible. PMID 8126521.
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