Cerebral abscesses are uncommon space occupying lesions; they are associated with high morbidity and mortality, though are potentially treatable. Patients often present with non-specific symptoms and may have few clinical signs. Routine clinical imaging may not give a definite diagnosis, as the findings can be indistinguishable from those of other intracranial mass lesions. We review the role of advanced MR techniques to characterise brain abscesses and discuss the role of imaging in monitoring their response to the treatment.
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Contributors SSC and JC have contributed equally in preparing the manuscript and GS has provided the imaging and references support.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally reviewed by Nicholas Davies, London, UK and Sian Ebden, Cardiff. UK.