MRI with Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of multiple brain abscesses secondary to Scedosporium apiospermum in two immunocompromised patients

H. Wayne Slone, Marinos Kontzialis, Bahram Kiani, Craig Triola, David J. Oettel, Eric C. Bourekas*

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Abstract

Scedosporium apiospermum is a deadly fungal infection that can infect the central nervous system, particularly in immunocompromised patients. We present two cases of Scedosporium brain abscesses. The first case was fatal and relevant conventional MRI and MR spectroscopy findings are discussed. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of MR spectroscopy in Scedosporium apiospermum abscesses. In the second case, the patient recovered and conventional MR findings are followed over several months. In the appropriate clinical setting, conventional MR imaging and MR spectroscopy may facilitate diagnosis, earlier initiation of antifungal pharmacotherapy and surgical intervention in this frequently fatal infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abscess
  • Brain
  • Immunocompromised host
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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