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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages e91-e93
Case Report

Anaerobic Brain Abscess following Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media in a Child from Uganda

KA Cox, G Al-Rawahi, and TR Kollmann

Child & Family Research Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Copyright © 2009 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Brain abscess, while rare, confers high mortality, especially in the developing world. The case of a Ugandan child with a polymicrobial brain abscess including infection with Tissierella praeacuta/Clostridium hastiforme requiring repeated drainage and eventual surgical excision is reported. The case demonstrates the importance of considering anaerobic organisms in the treatment of children with brain abscess from the developing world.