Intracranial Empyema in Children: A Single-center Retrospective Case Series.
Gilchrist JJ., Hoy T., Bijker EM., Lees EA., Wilkins L., Oliver M., Kelly DF., Paulus SC., Calisto A.
We conducted a retrospective, observational study of 42 children with intracranial empyema admitted to a pediatric neurosurgical center over a 9-year period. Intracranial empyema is rare, but causes significant morbidity and mortality. Twenty-eight cases had neurosurgical source control, more commonly for subdural collections. Streptococcus anginosus group bacteria are important pathogens in subdural empyema, whose isolation predicts more complicated postoperative courses.