I am a very concerned daughter and looking for some possible answers for my father...About 8 weeks ago he was admitted into the hospital near death for a severe abcess in his liver and gallbladder. Which had traveled into his blood stream, they stated that the cause was very likely to be from a abcessed tooth in which they pulled. He was on a PICC line and on heavy antibiotics, he had the PICC line removed yesterday and was given a clean bill of health and made a remarkable recovery. That night he suffered a seizure, in which he is now back in the hospital where they have found 2 spots of infection on his brain. My concern is, is this infection traveling, could it have always been on his brain but wasn't discovered. Why wouldn't the antibiotics that he was on with the PICC line cleared up any other infection in his body. Could a tooth have caused all this, is there something to be more concerned about? Please advise as I am a very concerned daughter who has just lost her brother to suicide and now having to go through this with my dad is extremely difficult and I am just trying to find out any other possible problems that I should be concerned with. Thank you!!
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One of the complications of dental abscess is brain abscess. Brain abscess can occur due to fungal or bacterial infections which can easily infect the brain through blood.
This brain infection generally presents as headache, vomiting, drowsiness and confusion and sometimes seizures.
It is possible that the infection in the brain was the result of dental abscess. A blood culture will help in detecting the type of infection and consequent antibiotic therapy.
Please discuss this with your father’s treating doctor as earlier the treatment begins the better will be chances of recovery. Take care!
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