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Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman

Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni.

Abstract
Blastomycosis is a nonopportunistic fungal infection caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis. Infection of the central nervous system is an uncommon localization of this disease occurring only in 5-10% of cases. We report a new case of a 57-year-old woman, who was admitted in the neurosurgical department for severe headaches, vomiting, and a visual disturbance. Physical and biological investigations were normal. Magnetic resonance imaging leaded to find an intracranial and extracranial expansive process, measuring 42 mm in length. The microscopic examination revealed a chronic granulomatous inflammation, associating epitheloid and multinucleated giant cells containing thick walled budding yeast-like forms. Grocott-Gomori methenamine-silver (GMS) staining leaded to confirm its fungal nature and it was precisely, B. dermatitidis. The post-operative course was complicated by cerebral edema associated with an important cerebral hemorrhage. The patient died 11 days after the surgery. Cerebral involvement remains a serious but uncommon manifestation of Blastomycosis. It should be suspected in front of a granulomatous inflammation with the presence of spore, on the pathological examination. Delay in diagnosis has been reported to play a significant role in the high mortality rate.

Key words: Blastomycosis, central nervous system, fungus infection


 
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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. Am J Res Med Sci. 2018; 2(2): 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731


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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. http://www.ajrms.com/?mno=281757 [Access: December 09, 2018]. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731


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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. Am J Res Med Sci. 2018; 2(2): 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. Am J Res Med Sci. (2018), [cited December 09, 2018]; 2(2): 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni (2018) Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. Am J Res Med Sci, 2 (2), 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. 2018. Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. American Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 2 (2), 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. "Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman." American Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 2 (2018), 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni. "Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman." American Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 2.2 (2018), 80-82. Print. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731



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Ahlem Bdioui, Nihed Abdessayed, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Atef Ben Abdelkader, Moncef Mokni (2018) Cerebral Blastomycosis in a Tunisian Woman. American Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 2 (2), 80-82. doi:10.5455/ajrms.20161213071731





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