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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 45-47
Case Report

Intracerebral Abscess: A Complication of Severe Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease

Mark E Fenton, Donald W Cockcroft, and John A Gjevre

Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Copyright © 2008 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.


Intracerebral abscess is an uncommon complication of severe cystic fibrosis lung disease. The present report describes a case of fatal multiple intracerebral abscesses in a patient with a severely bronchiectatic, nonfunctioning right lung and chronic low-grade infection. The patient was previously turned down for pneumonectomy. Intracerebral abscess in cystic fibrosis and the potential role of pneumonectomy in the present patient are discussed.