Multiple brain abscesses associated with the lung mass require differential diagnosis from cancerous diseases. Here, we report a rare case of multiple brain abscesses originating from a lung abscess. A 65-year-old man presented with a 2-day history of motor weakness during antibiotic treatment for pneumonia. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multiple enhanced lesions of various sizes in the whole brain. Diffusion-weighted MRI showed high signal intensity in several lesions, and magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy showed reduced N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) and high lactate-lipid complex levels. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography revealed a hypermetabolic mass-like lesion (size: 5 × 3 cm) in the right lower lobe. The patient was diagnosed with organizing pneumonia by bronchoscopy and was successfully treated with empirical antibiotics for multiple brain abscesses and lung abscesses. If new neurological deficits occur during the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as pneumonia, the possibility of brain abscesses and cancerous conditions should be considered. Appropriate diagnosis and antibiotic treatment should be performed to ensure favorable outcomes.
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