M183-5

Abscess (Brain): Fusobacterium nucleatum  – Shipped Nov 05 –

HISTORY

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

  1. Anaerobic culture of brain abscesses should be performed as part of the initial laboratory investigation.
  2. Fusobacterium nucleatum is an important common cause of brain abscess.

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