Aspergillosis of the cerebral ventricles in a heroin abuser: Case report and review of the literature

R. Morrow, Brian Wong, W. E. Finkelstein, S. S. Sternberg, D. Armstrong

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Abstract

Aspergillosis of the cerebral ventricles developed in a 36-year-old heroin abuser who died during the sixth week of illness. The diagnosis was not made during life. A review of our case and of four previous cases from the literature indicates that aspergillosis should be considered in parenteral drug abusers with the syndrome of chronic meningitis or ventriculitis. The diagnosis is difficult to establish, but serologic tests may be helpful. This form of CNS aspergillosis can be cured with antifungal drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume143
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Internal Medicine

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