CA-MRSA brain abscess in a healthy infant

Andrew Stack*, Stacey L. Peterson-Carmichael, Dwight E. Yin, MariaLopez Marti, Herbert Fuchs, Ravi Jhaveri, David A. Turner

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We report the first case of a previously healthy term 5 week old infant with no known risk factors who developed a frontal lobe abscess from community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). To date, only 16 cases of invasive CA-MRSA with central nervous system involvement have been previously described, but the incidence of CA-MRSA has surged within the last decade, creating a growing impact on public health. Increasing numbers of invasive infections caused by CA-MRSA in previously healthy individuals is of particular concern, and the highest rates of these infections are in children. As CA-MRSA continues to spread and develop further antibiotic resistance, cases of invasive diseases as described in this report may become more common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 25 2011


  • abscess
  • community-acquired
  • infant
  • invasive
  • methicillin-resistant
  • Staphylococcal aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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