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What are the treatment options for subdural empyema?

Because subdural empyema can progress quickly and become life threatening, it is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. The pus that has accumulated between the middle and outer layers of tissue covering the brain must be surgically drained. In some cases, draining must also be done at the original source of infection - such as the sinuses, for example. Antibiotics are administered intravenously to fight the infection, typically for three to six weeks. In some cases, anticonvulsant medication may be given to reduce the risk of seizures.

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