Intracranial Abscess (Brain and Skull Infections) • Orlando Hyperbarics Intracranial Abscess (Brain and Skull Infections) • Orlando Hyperbarics
29 May. 2014

Intracranial Abscess (Brain and Skull Infections)

An intracranial abscess is an accumulation of pus and other matter within the skull. Abscess formation in the brain can be a devastating complication of sinus infections or bone infections (osteomyelitis) of the skull. Depending on the location of the abscess and the severity of inflammation and swelling, pressure against the brain may cause mild or severe neurologic symptoms, coma, or even death. Viruses, fungi, parasites, protozoa, and other microbial organisms can also cause intracranial abscess. Children with congenital heart disease and people with compromised immune systems due to chronic disease, cancer therapy, HIV, AIDS, and immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplantation face a higher risk. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to survival.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used as an adjunct to surgery and antibiotic therapy for intracranial abscess. The bacteria involved in brain abscess are mainly anaerobic, which means they thrive in low-oxygen environments. HBOT inhibits anaerobic and some other bacteria from replicating, spreading, and releasing damaging toxins. Hyperbaric oxygen may also help reduce brain swelling, boost the effect of antibiotics, and enhance the body’s natural defenses against bacteria and other microbial organisms. Hyperbaric oxygen may be useful especially for multiple abscesses in deep or dominant locations, in patients with immune compromise, and when the infection does not respond well to traditional surgery and antibiotics. 

Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.
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