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Is subdural empyema serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Subdural empyema is serious and is considered a medical emergency. Treatment is available, but immediate medical attention is required to surgically drain the pus and administer antibiotics. If treatment is delayed for too long, neurological deficits, coma, or even death may result.

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