Abscess (Brain): Fusobacterium nucleatum – Shipped Nov 05 –
A simulated brain abscess sample collected from a 44 year old homeless male patient was sent to category A laboratories.
Participants were expected to isolate Fusobacterium nucleatum.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M183-5
- Anaerobic culture of brain abscesses should be performed as part of the initial laboratory investigation.
- Fusobacterium nucleatum is an important common cause of brain abscess.