Fatal Aspergillus brain abscess in immunocompetent patient

Marcella Curone, Domenico D'Amico, Elio Maccagnano, Gennaro Bussone

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Abstract

Intracranial aspergillosis is a rare pathologic condition, difficult to treat and often fatal which generally affects immunocompromised hosts. High-dose steroid therapy represents a risk factor for opportunistic infections. We report a case of fatal brain abscess in an immunocompetent patient with a previous diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in whom a high-dose steroid course has probably contributed to the development of the fungal infection. Despite steroids' relative safety, clinicians must remain alert to potential fatal complication that could arise from their use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-235
Number of pages3
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Brain Abscess
Aspergillus
Steroids
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
Aspergillosis
Mycoses
Opportunistic Infections
Immunocompromised Host
Safety
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Abscess
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Fungal infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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Fatal Aspergillus brain abscess in immunocompetent patient. / Curone, Marcella; D'Amico, Domenico; Maccagnano, Elio; Bussone, Gennaro.

In: Neurological Sciences, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2009, p. 233-235.

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Curone, Marcella ; D'Amico, Domenico ; Maccagnano, Elio ; Bussone, Gennaro. / Fatal Aspergillus brain abscess in immunocompetent patient. In: Neurological Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 233-235.
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