A patient presents with a large tumor in the frontal lobe of the brain that has spread to the patient’s eyes and sinuses, causing blindness. The patient currently has discharge from both eyes, a fever, and a severe headache. As the physician orders blood tests and head CTs, what information should the physician look for?

One main condition of concern is neutropenia, which is characterized by an abnormally low amount of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils. This condition is induced through chemotherapy drugs and greatly increases the patient’s risk for infection, which may be the cause of the patient’s fever and eye discharge. In the maxillofacial CT, the physician is looking for possible abscesses in the brain caused by an inflammatory immune response to an infection in the brain. All of this information will allow the physician to decide on a course of antibiotic treatment, or if needed, a more aggressive form of treatment.