Epidural mass due to aspergillus flavus causing spinal cord compression--a case report and brief update

Tendolkar, U.; Sharma, A.; Mathur, M.; Ranadive, N.; Sachdev, M.
July 2005
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Jul2005, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p200
Academic Journal
journal article
Aspergillus infection of the central nervous system (CNS) is an uncommon disease. Most of the reported cases are of sinocranial spread and cases with contiguous spread to spinal cord from lung and other organs are uncommon. A case of pulmonary aspergillosis with extension to thoracic vertebrae forming a paraspinal mass resulting in neurological deficit due to Aspergillus flavus, is reported. The 43 year old patient did not have any obvious predisposing condition. He presented with loss of motor function and succumbed to the infection despite operative intervention and antifungal therapy. A brief update on CNS aspergillosis is presented along with detailed clinical, radiological and laboratory work up of the patient.


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