Novel approach to the treatment of a cerebral abscess using the Apollo vibration/suction device

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Background and importance: Intracerebral abscess is a very serious condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This article describes a novel treatment for a cerebral abscess, using the Penumbra Apollo suction/vibration aspiration system (Penumbra, Almeda, CA, USA). This article represents the first reported case of the device's use for treatment of an intracerebral abscess. Clinical presentation: The patient discussed presented to the emergency department in critical condition, and was found to be suffering from a right thalamic cerebral abscess. She underwent treatment with both medical management and surgical intervention with the use of the Apollo system. Conclusion: This report details a novel technique for surgical abscess drainage with an excellent clinical outcome. The aim is to provide insight into the treatment of intracerebral abscesses, the utility of the Apollo system, and the device's application beyond intracerebral and intraventricular hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Sep 2018

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  • Apollo
  • Brain abscess
  • Endoscopic
  • Minimally invasive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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