Brain abscesses are rare occurrences in pediatric patients, and making their diagnosis can be difficult. The two most commonly cited risk factors are otorhinologic infections and cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD). We present a 13-month-old child with a brain abscess who, 2 weeks prior, underwent rigid endoscopy for the extraction of a coin from the esophagus. We believe this to be the first such report of a brain abscess after rigid endoscopy for removal of an esophageal foreign body. In this case the esophageal coin was initially asymptomatic and had been present for weeks prior to removal. The potential association between delayed coin extraction and development of an intracranial infection, suggested by this report, may warrant investigation.
- Brain abscess
- Esophageal foreign body