Brain abscess as a complication of halo traction

Danny E. Humbyrd, Frederick R. Latimer, John E. Lonstein, L. Carl Samberg

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The occurrence of a brain abscess as a complication of halo traction and immbolization in the management of scoliosis is reported. Previous reports suggest that this complication is rare. Unique in this case is the development of an intracerebral abscess without skull perforation by the halo device and without evidence of contiguous spread of infection. Attention of clinical signs (headache) and the use of computerized axial tomography may allow for early detection and appropriate care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-368
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981


  • Cerebral abscess
  • Computerized axial tomography
  • Early detection
  • Halo traction
  • Headache


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