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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 214-216

Central nervous system tubercular abscess masquerading as intracranial space-occupying lesion

1 Department of Microbiology, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of General Medicine, Shifa Hospitals, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

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Poongodi Santhana Kumarasamy
Department of Microbiology, Tirunelveli Medical College, Highgrounds, Tirunelveli - 627 011, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_52_22

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This is a case report of patient suffering from multiple central nervous system tuberculoma which progressed to tubercular abscess. Patient developed signs and symptoms of mass effect and compression. Computed tomography of brain and magnetic resonance spectroscopy confirmed the diagnosis. Patient underwent left temporal craniotomy with evacuation of pus. The abscess wall and the pus sent for histopathological and microbiological examination which confirmed the etiological agent – Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Appropriate treatment was started and discharged. Hence, early diagnosis and treatment of intracranial tuberculoma are pivotal in preventing morbidity and mortality of the condition.

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