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An unusual presentation of neurotuberculosis: subdural empyema. Case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11409530     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tuberculosis continues to be a major public health concern, especially in developing countries. Many types of neurotuberculosis have been described, but there is only one previously reported case of subdural empyema caused by tuberculous bacilli. A 1-year-old boy who had been treated for pulmonary tuberculosis was referred to the authors' institution with a diagnosis of right frontoparietal extraaxial abscess formation. Computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed an extraaxial abscess with no evidence of calvarial infection. A craniotomy was performed to drain the pus, which was located subdurally. A polymerase chain reaction test yielded positive results, and histopathological examination revealed caseation. Antituberculous treatment was started after a diagnosis of subdural empyema with related neurotuberculosis had been made. At the end of a 12-month course of medical therapy, the patient was well with no evidence of tuberculosis.
S R Cayli; C Onal; A Koçak; S H Onmuş; A Tekiner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgery     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0022-3085     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurosurg.     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-18     Completed Date:  2001-06-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0253357     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  988-91     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Inönü University School of Medicine, Malatya, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
Drug Therapy, Combination
Empyema, Subdural / microbiology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Tuberculosis, Central Nervous System / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  pathology,  surgery
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0/Antitubercular Agents

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