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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 267625, 4 pages
Case Report

Cerebral Abscess Potentially of Odontogenic Origin

1Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, Oral Health and Oro-Facial Rehabilitation Laboratory Research (LR12ES11), Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Monastir, avenue Avicenne, 5019 Monastir, Tunisia
2Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, Hopital Universitaire Farhat Hached, rue Ibn Jazzar, Ezzouhour, 4031 Sousse, Tunisia
3Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Hopital Universitaire Sahloul, Route de la Ceinture C. Sahloul, Hammam Sousse, 4011 Sousse, Tunisia

Received 22 October 2014; Revised 8 January 2015; Accepted 12 January 2015

Academic Editor: Junichi Asaumi

Copyright © 2015 Marouene Ben Hadj Hassine et al. 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.


Odontogenic origins are rarely implicated in the formation of brain abscesses. The relative paucity of this kind of infection and the difficulty in matching the causative microorganisms of a brain abscess to an odontogenic source can explain the late management of patients. We herein describe a case of a 46-year-old man with a cerebellar abscess that was probably due to an odontogenic infection. The diagnosis supported by imaging and microscopic identification, mini craniectomy for abscess drainage followed by eradication of all potential dental infectious foci, and an antibiotic regimen based on cephalosporins, metronidazole, and vancomycine contributed to a successful outcome.