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Multiple tuberculoma involving the brain and spinal cord in a patient with miliary pulmonary tuberculosis.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Publication Date
Volume
44
Issue
1
Pages
36–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3340/jkns.2008.44.1.36
PMID: 19096654
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Brain
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Spine
  • Tuberculoma

Abstract

Although tuberculosis of the central nervous system is well known, the incidence of intramedullary tuberculomas is low and a combination of intramedullary with intracranial tuberculomas is extremely rare. We report a case of disseminated tuberculoma involving brain and spine with miliary pulmonary tuberculosis in a 66-year-old woman initially presenting with fever, general weakness, back pain and motor weakness of both lower extremities. Despite medical therapy, she developed progressive motor weakness of both lower extremities with muscle strength 1/5 in both lower extremities. Urgent surgical intervention was followed and her muscle power and motor functions were improved gradually. The anti-tuberculous drugs were continued and the follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain and spine showed that the lesions had become smaller or disappeared.

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