Neonatal brain abscess development following fetal scalp electrode placement: a rare complication

T. Fick, P. A. Woerdeman

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Abstract

A fetal scalp electrode (FSE) is a frequently used investigation during labor. However, it is an invasive procedure which can lead to complications. Our patient developed a very large brain abscess after initial superficial infection of the skin site due to an FSE. The patient was admitted to the hospital after an asymmetric growth of the skull was noticed with no further signs of clinical illness. MRI showed a very large brain abscess which was aspirated and treated with antibiotics for 10 weeks. A 2-year follow-up showed only a slight developmental delay in gross motor skills. Only once before a similar case has been described at which the patient developed a brain abscess after superficial infection of the scalp following an FSE. In both cases, the brain abscess was noticed due to an asymmetric growth of the skull without any further signs of clinical illness. A brain abscess has a high mortality and morbidity rate, and early diagnosis is vital for the optimal outcome. We therefore recommend to organize an out-patient clinical follow-up for every infant with a superficial infection of the skin site after placement of an FSE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brain abscess
  • Fetal scalp electrode
  • Neonatal
  • Electrodes
  • Scalp Dermatoses
  • Scalp
  • Humans
  • Brain Abscess/complications
  • Skull
  • Infant, Newborn

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