J Neurosurg Pediatr 2018 Oct 13;22(4):453-461. Epub 2018 Jul 13.
Division of Critical Care Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The authors reviewed cases in which children with a focal infection inside the head (ex: a brain abscess) were cared for in their pediatric ICU to describe the frequency of complications and quantify the ICU resources needed (ex: breathing tube, blood pressure medications, and/or an intracranial pressure monitor). This information helps clarify illness severity and has identified complications that we should further investigate to improve care for these children.