Central nervous system aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient

  • Şükran Köse Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
  • Gülsün Çavdar Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
  • Süheyla Serin Senger Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
  • Gülgün Akkoçlu Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Keywords: aspergillus, immunocompetent patient, central nervous system

Abstract

Aspergillus sp. is a fungus that is very common in nature and may cause invasive disease with high mortality, especially in immunosuppressed patients. Here we present a case of central nervous system (CNS) aspergillosis in a previously healthy immunocompetent patient. A 23-year-old female was admitted to hospital with the complaints of headache, blurred vision, and double vision. In her cranial magnetic resonance imaging, abscess and paranchymal edema were observed in the left frontal lobe, and biopsy was performed with endoscopic nasal operation. The pathology result was consistent with aspergillus infection. It should be remembered that although CNS aspergillosis generally occurs in immunosuppressed patients, it may also rarely be diagnosed in immunocompetent individuals.

Author Biographies

Şükran Köse, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Gülsün Çavdar, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Süheyla Serin Senger, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Gülgün Akkoçlu, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Clinic, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Published
2011-03-04
How to Cite
1.
Köse Şükran, Çavdar G, Senger SS, Akkoçlu G (2011) Central nervous system aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient. J Infect Dev Ctries 5:313-315. doi: 10.3855/jidc.1461
Section
Case Reports