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Blood culture for brain abscess

Two sets of blood cultures should be obtained, optimally prior to antibiotic administration.

Their reported yield is modest (14%-50%), but the potential value for identification of the organism is substantial in circumstances where collection of abscess material cannot be performed promptly or is not advisable due to the associated risks 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6).

Brain abscess secondary to L monocytogenes may be more likely to yield positive blood cultures.

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