Penetrating Trauma Causing Brain Abscesses in Children

  • Foreign bodies introduced by trauma: Penetrating head injuries make children susceptible to intracerebral abscess formation because retained debris and/or bone fragments can serve as a nidus of infection.
  • Penetrating injury to eye: Many children have sustained penetrating ocular injuries as a result of experimenting with sharp objects such as pencils and sticks, and intracranial extension may lead to an abscess (7, 50, 71).