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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-134

Giant tubercular brainstem abscess: A case report

1 Department of Microbiology, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9903.138433

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Tubercular brain abscesses are uncommon and tubercular brainstem abscesses are rarely reported. Most of these cases occur in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of giant brainstem abscess in a 5-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-seronegative female child who presented with complaints of headache, diplopia and unsteadiness of gait since 6 months. Diagnosis was made by a magnetic resonance imaging scan of brain. The patient demonstrated a remarkable clinical recovery after microsurgery combined with a course of antituberculous therapy. Microbiological and histological findings confirmed the diagnosis of a tuberculous abscess.

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