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Central nervous system infection: imaging findings suggestive of a fungus as the cause.

Radiol Bras 2021 May-Jun;54(3):198-203

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are rare. However, because of the increase in the number of immunocompromised individuals, they have been gaining prominence in the differential diagnosis of CNS infections. Imaging techniques are sensitive for detecting and localizing an abnormality, in many cases allowing the origin of a lesion to be categorized as infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, or vascular. Read More

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An unexpected intracerebral lesion - case report of a superinfected aspergillosis mimicking a brain metastasis.

BMC Infect Dis 2021 Jun 7;21(1):537. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091, Zurich, Switzerland.

Background: Invasive aspergillosis of the central nervous system is a rare but increasingly prevalent disease. We present the unusual case of an immunosuppressed patient suffering from unexpected superinfected invasive aspergillosis with cerebral, pulmonal, and adrenal manifestations, mimicking a metastasized bronchial carcinoma. This report reveals the importance of including aspergillosis in the differential diagnosis of a cerebral mass lesion in the light of unspecific clinical findings. Read More

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Ventriculitis: A Severe Complication of Central Nervous System Infections.

Open Forum Infect Dis 2021 Jun 29;8(6):ofab216. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Department of Neurosurgery, Rennes University Hospital, Rennes, France.

Background: Ventriculitis, a dreaded complication of brain abscess, meningitis, and various neurosurgical procedures, has attracted limited attention in the medical literature.

Methods: This is a retrospective, single-center study. We screened the medical files of all patients who had a brain imaging report that included the word "ventriculitis" during years 2005-2019. Read More

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Recurrent epistaxis from inflamed granulated tissue and an associated pseudoaneurysm of the internal carotid artery: case report.

BMC Neurol 2021 Jun 3;21(1):215. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Department of Neurosurgery, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 50-1, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03722, Republic of Korea.

Background: Chronic inflamed tissue in nasal cavity is a rare complication of transsphenoidal approach (TSA). Inflamed tissue is rich in blood vessels, which can lead to frequent nosebleeds. In addition, chronic inflammation can cause pseudoaneurysm, whose rupture results in massive epistaxis. Read More

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[Surgery for Right Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation with Recurrent Brain Abscess:Report of a Case].

Kyobu Geka 2021 Jun;74(6):477-480

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Osaka Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

A 68-year-old man was referred to our hospital for further examination for chest abnormal shadow in the right lung field. He had a past history of subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was diagnosed with pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (PAVM) and recommended early treatment, but he didnot accept immediate surgical treatment. Read More

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Sinonasal polyposis complicated with extradural abscess and lateral rectus palsy.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 May 26;14(5). Epub 2021 May 26.

ENT & Head and neck surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Sinogenic intracranial and orbital complications are infrequent complications of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis (CRSwNP), leading to potentially fatal intracranial and orbital sequelae. The mortality and morbidity associated with these complications remain high despite the widespread use of antibiotics. We report a patient with CRSwNP presenting with acute onset extradural empyema and sixth nerve palsy in whom the diagnosis was delayed, necessitating early surgical intervention. Read More

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The Added Value of Cerebral Imaging in Patients With Pyogenic Spinal Infection.

Front Neurol 2021 4;12:628256. Epub 2021 May 4.

Department of Neurosurgery, Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The incidence of pyogenic spinal infection has increased in recent years. In addition to treatment of the spinal infection, early diagnosis and therapy of coexisting infections, especially of secondary brain infection, are important. The aim of this study is to elucidate the added value of routine cerebral imaging in the management of these patients. Read More

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Subdural empyema, brain abscess, and superior sagittal sinus venous thrombosis secondary to .

Turk Arch Pediatr 2021 Jan 1;56(1):88-91. Epub 2021 Jan 1.

Department of Neurosurgery, Bezmialem Vakif University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey.

can be frequently isolated from brain abscesses, but is a rare cause of the liver, lung, and deep tissue abscesses. In this report, we present a patient with subdural empyema, brain abscess, and superior sagittal cerebral venous thrombosis as complications of rhinosinusitis whose purulent empyema sample yielded . A 13-year-old female patient was referred to our pediatric intensive care unit with altered mental status, aphasia, and behavioral change. Read More

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January 2021

Surgical corridors for congenital aural atresia with otogenic cerebellar abscess and lateral sinus thrombosis.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 May 19;14(5). Epub 2021 May 19.

ENT, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India.

The following is a case report of an adolescent with mental retardation who had congenital aural atresia with contralateral congenital facial palsy. She developed multiple intracranial complications (cerebellar abscess and lateral sinus thrombosis) due to cholesteatoma. We managed her in a multidisciplinary approach. Read More

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Superior Vena Cava Stenosis Manifesting with Brain Abscess 2 Decades after Atrial Septal Defect Repair.

Radiol Cardiothorac Imaging 2021 Apr 8;3(2):e200561. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Department of Radiology (A.C.F., M.L., J.M.L.) and Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine (J.M.L.), Montefiore Medical Center, 111 E 210th St, Bronx, NY 10467; Department of Radiology, New York University, New York, NY (A.S.); and Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY (N.J.S., N.F.C.).

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Clinical and Laboratory Markers of Brain Abscess in Tetralogy of Fallot ('BA-TOF' Score): Results of a Case-Control Study and Implications for Community Surveillance.

J Neurosci Rural Pract 2021 Apr 15;12(2):302-307. Epub 2021 Mar 15.

Department of Neurological Sciences, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

 Cardiogenic brain abscess (CBA) is the commonest noncardiac cause of morbidity and mortality in cyanotic heart disease (CHD). The clinical diagnosis of a CBA is often delayed due to its nonspecific presentations and the scarce availability of computed tomography (CT) imaging in resource-restricted settings. We attempted to identify parameters that reliably point to the diagnosis of a CBA in patients with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Read More

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Recurrent tuberculous cerebellar abscess: A case study and review of the literature.

Int J Surg Case Rep 2021 Apr 26;81:105832. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

Neurosurgery Department, Fann University Hospital Center, Dakar, Senegal.

Introduction And Importance: Tuberculous cerebellar abscess is a rare form of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis. The outcome is often favorable with well-managed treatment; however, they can continue to develop. We share in this article our experience on the management of this rare pathologie. Read More

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Brain abscess in a rheumatoid arthritis patient treated with leflunomide - A case presentation and review.

Surg Neurol Int 2021 17;12:97. Epub 2021 Mar 17.

Department of Neurology, Papageorgiou Hospital of Thessaloniki, Periferiaki Odos N. Efkarpia, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece.

Background: Immunosuppression is a significant parameter in the pathogenesis of brain abscesses (BA) and it could be the result of severe infections such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or drug-induced, by several medications used for systemic autoimmune diseases. Leflunomide is a pyrimidine synthesis inhibitor that affects the proliferation of lymphocytes and is used as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. Mild infections, particularly those of the respiratory tract and herpes zoster, are one of its most common adverse effects. Read More

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Multidrug-resistant novel brain abscess in sarcoidosis.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 Apr 19;14(4). Epub 2021 Apr 19.

Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Central nervous system nocardiosis is a rare, life-threatening infection seen commonly in immunocompromised individuals. is a novel species seldom causing infections in humans. We describe a patient of sarcoidosis on immunosuppression, who presented with altered sensorium due to a frontal lobe abscess secondary to infection. Read More

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Aggressive progression of a facial super giant basal cell carcinoma.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 Apr 15;14(4). Epub 2021 Apr 15.

Internal Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA

Super giant basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a rare oncological entity. A 52-year-old man with a history of a left upper facial lesion for 11 years was transferred to our facility seeking an evaluation. He frequented multiple hospitals where he was treated with antibiotics for this condition. Read More

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Clinical Presentation, Management, and Outcomes of Patients With Brain Abscess due to Species.

Open Forum Infect Dis 2021 Apr 7;8(4):ofab067. Epub 2021 Apr 7.

Section of Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Background: Nocardial brain abscesses are rare, and published literature describing brain abscesses due to species is limited to individual case reports or small series. We report one of the largest contemporary retrospective studies describing risk factors, diagnostic evaluation, management, and outcomes of nocardial brain abscess.

Methods: Retrospective review of all adults with brain abscess due to culture-confirmed species at our institution between January 1, 2009, and June 30, 2020. Read More

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Wearable Mixed-Reality Holographic Navigation Guiding the Management of Penetrating Intracranial Injury Caused by a Nail.

J Digit Imaging 2021 Apr 12. Epub 2021 Apr 12.

Department of Neurosurgery, Chongqing Emergency Medical Center, Chongqing, China.

Penetrating brain injury caused by a nail is an extremely rare neurosurgical emergency that poses a challenge for neurosurgeons. Nail entering the brain from the orbit and lodging within the cranial cavity is even more unusual. A 53-year-old male was found unconscious at a construction site, and brain CT revealed not only the presence of a nail beneath the inner table of the parietal bone, but also traumatic intracerebral hematoma. Read More

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A rare case of fatal cerebral phaeohyphomycosis caused by in an immunocompetent individual in India.

Curr Med Mycol 2020 Sep;6(3):69-72

Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.

Background And Purpose: Herein, we describe a rare case of fatal cerebral phaeohyphomycosis by in an immunocompetent individual without any underlying risk factors.

Case Report: A 55-year-old female presented with a short history of fever for 1 month, as well as headache, sudden onset of right-sided upper and lower limb weakness, and loss of speech for 10 days. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed large, peripherally enhancing, well-defined, cystic, space- occupying, axial lesion in the left parietal lobe with a mass effect. Read More

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September 2020

Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis due to in an immunocompetent patient: A case report and review of literature.

Curr Med Mycol 2020 Sep;6(3):65-68

Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan.

Background And Purpose: is a neurotropic fungus, which can cause devastating intracerebral infections with up to 100% fatality rate. It is difficult to isolate this fungus in laboratory as it grows slowly and requires diagnostic skills.

Case Report: A 42-year-old Pakistani man presented with headache, facial numbness, progressive upper limb weakness, and dysarthria. Read More

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September 2020

Differentiation of Solitary Mass Lesion of Brain using MR Spectroscopy with Histopathological Correlation.

Mymensingh Med J 2021 Apr;30(2):420-425

Dr Md Mainul Ahsan, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh; E-mail:

Different types of solitary brain lesions and also tumefactive demyelinating lesions exhibit many features on CT and MRI that are characteristics of malignancy and surgical biopsy is often performed in suspected tumour. Proton MR Spectroscopy has been used to differentiate different type of these solitary brain lesions. Our purpose is to determine whether MR spectroscopy is able to improve preoperative diagnostic accuracy in case of intracranial solitary tumors. Read More

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The value of asphericity derived from T1-weighted MR in differentiating intraparenchymal ring-enhancing lesions-comparison of glioblastomas and brain abscesses.

Neurol Sci 2021 Apr 1. Epub 2021 Apr 1.

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Imaging, Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Shanghai, 201318, China.

Background: Both brain abscess(BA)and glioblastoma (GBM) are common causative pathologies of intraparenchymal ring-enhancing lesions. Advanced MR sequences such as diffusion weighted image (DWI) were often used to increase distinguishability of both entities.

Purpose: To evaluate the value of asphericity (ASP) from conventional T1-weighted MR images in differentiating BA from morphologically similar ring-enhancing GBM. Read More

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[Brain Abscess].

No Shinkei Geka 2021 Mar;49(2):368-374

Department of Radiology, Self-Defence Forces Central Hospital.

Although the prognosis of brain abscesses has historically improved, the mortality rate still ranges from 5 to 32%, with ventricular perforation reaching 50% and 85-100% in fungal brain abscesses. The characteristic finding of ring-like enhancement by contrast-enhanced imaging is non-specific, and DWI, SWI and MR spectroscopy are very useful in differentiating brain abcesses from necrotizing brain tumors. Brain abscesses show apparent diffusion restriction on the DWI/apparent diffusion coefficient(ADC) map, whereas necrotizing brain tumors often show a weak diffusion restriction. Read More

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Neuroradiology of infectious diseases.

Curr Opin Infect Dis 2021 Jun;34(3):228-237

Section of Infectious Diseases, UT Health McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, USA.

Purpose Of Review: Early diagnosis of central nervous system (CNS) infections is crucial given high morbidity and mortality. Neuroimaging in CNS infections is widely used to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and to assess the response to antibiotic and neurosurgical interventions.

Recent Findings: The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines have clear recommendations for obtaining a computerized tomography of the head (CTH) prior to lumbar puncture (LP) in suspected meningitis. Read More

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Thalamic abscess in a patient with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia successfully treated with an empiric antibiotic regime: case report and review of the literature.

BMC Infect Dis 2021 Mar 19;21(1):277. Epub 2021 Mar 19.

Department of Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain.

Background: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a rare autosomal dominant disease associated with neurological complications, including cerebral abscesses (CA). They tend to be unique, supratentorial and lobar. While the surgical intervention is a rule of thumb when treating and diagnosing the etiology of these lesions, this is not always possible due to dangerous or inaccessible locations. Read More

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Diffuse encephalitic toxoplasmosis in HIV.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 Mar 18;14(3). Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Department of Healthcare for Older People, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, Devon, UK.

This case demonstrates an atypical radiological presentation of cerebral toxoplasmosis in a 62-year-old HIV-positive patient. The diagnosis is discussed alongside MRI imaging, laboratory results and treatment. Central nervous system toxoplasmosis is typically associated with ring enhancing lesions on neuroimaging with contrast, but the radiology for this patient shows diffuse white matter changes and ependymal enhancement, which would normally suggest an alternative diagnosis. Read More

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Fatal disseminated aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient with COVID-19 due to Aspergillus ochraceus.

J Mycol Med 2021 Jun 23;31(2):101124. Epub 2021 Feb 23.

Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Electronic address:

Aspergillus infection is a well-known complication of severe influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and these infections have been related with significant morbidity and mortality even when appropriately diagnosed and treated. Recent studies have indicated that SARS-CoV-2 might increase the risk of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA). Here, we report the first case of Aspergillus ochraceus in a SARS-CoV-2 positive immunocompetent patient, which is complicated by pulmonary and brain infections. Read More

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Spontaneous Resolution of Late-Onset, Symptomatic Fluid Collection Localized in the Meningioma Resection Cavity: A Case Report and Suggestion of Possible Pathogenesis.

Brain Sci 2021 Feb 27;11(3). Epub 2021 Feb 27.

Department of Neurosurgery, Chonnam National University Research Institute of Medical Science, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital and Medical School, Hwasun 58128, Korea.

Postoperative complications after brain tumor surgery occur occasionally and it is important for clinicians to know how to properly manage each complication. Here, we described a rare case of late-onset, subdural fluid collection localized at the resection cavity that caused motor weakness after convexity meningioma resection, requiring differentiation from an abscess, to help clinicians determine treatment strategies. A 58-year-old right-handed female was admitted to the hospital with a headache and posterior neck pain. Read More

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February 2021

Hyperbaric oxygen for intracranial abscess.

Undersea Hyperb Med 2021 First Quarter;48(1):97-102

Departments of Anesthesiology and Medicine, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, Duke University, North Carolina U.S.

The term "intracranial abscess" (ICA) includes cerebral abscess, subdural empyema, and epidural empyema, which share many diagnostic and therapeutic similarities and, frequently, very similar etiologies. Infection may occur and spread from a contiguous infection such as sinusitis, otitis, mastoiditis, or dental infection; hematogenous seeding; or cranial trauma. In view of the high morbidity and mortality of ICA and the fact that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2) is relatively non-invasive and carries a low complication rate, the risk-benefit ratio favors adjunct use of HBO2 therapy in selected patients with intracranial abscess. Read More

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Wide unroofed coronary sinus and cryptogenic stroke: a case report.

Eur Heart J Case Rep 2020 Dec 7;4(6):1-6. Epub 2020 Dec 7.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Road Unit 3, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA.

Background : Unroofed coronary sinus (UCS) is a rare congenital cardiac anomaly in which there is complete or partial absence of the roof of the coronary sinus (CS) resulting in a communication between the right and left atria. There are four types of UCS described in the literature. While usually asymptomatic and discovered incidentally on imaging, UCS can be the source of a brain abscess or paradoxical embolism. Read More

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December 2020

Brain MRI in Epstein-Barr Virus Meningoencephalitis in Children.

Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2020 Sep-Oct;23(5):621-624. Epub 2020 Feb 7.

Department of Pediatrics, Medanta, The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India.

Background And Purpose: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) meningoencephalitis can have variable and nonspecific brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in children. This study was done with the purpose of describing brain MRI findings in children with EBV meningoencephalitis.

Materials And Methods: The study included 45 pediatric patients that presented with variable neurological symptoms and were found to have EBV meningoencephalitis based on positive EBV deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the cerebrospinal fluid. Read More

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February 2020