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Brain Abscess in Children

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    A brain abscess is a brain infection that may cause problems with a child's brain and spinal cord function. The team at Boston Children's Hospital works quickly to identify a child's brain abscess and take all the steps necessary to remove it. A brain abscess:

    • can occur in all children, but are more common in young school-aged children
    • occur twice as often in boys than in girls
    • may be the result of a virus or infection
    • can be detected through a variety of tests, including X-ray, MRI and CT scans
    • may be treated with medication, but surgery may be required
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