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Pediatric neurobrucellosis associated with hydrocephalus

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Author(s): Altas Murat | Evirgen Omer | Arica Vefik | Tutanc Murat

Journal: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
ISSN 1817-1745

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 144;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Brucellosis | hydrocephaly | neurobrucellosis

ABSTRACT
Brucellosis is an infectious disease, frequently encountered in developing countries. It may involve multiple organ systems of the human body. However, neurobrucellosis is a rare complication of brucellosis. The most frequent events of cranial involvement are meningitis and meningoencephalitis. In the present case, a 10-year-old girl was referred to our clinic with fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. The patient′s blood and cerebrospinal fluid cultures were found positive for brucellosis. Communicating hydrocephalus was also present in the cranial computed tomography as a complication of neurobrucellosis. The patient was successfully treated by external ventricular drainage and triple antibiotic therapy. There was no need to insert a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt.
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