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Mycotic encephalitis: predilection for grey matter

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In mycotic infections of the brain three patterns of abnormality may be observed: meningitis, granuloma, and encephalitis. The first two, consisting of diffuse meningeal enhancement and mass lesion respectively, can easily be visualized by CT or MRI, but are nonspecific. The third pattern has been described histopathologically; as the clinical picture is nonspecific and the diagnosis is often unsuspected, especially in immunocompetent patients, acquaintance with the characteristic CT and MRI patterns of mycotic encephalitis may help in establishing the correct diagnosis, with important therapeutic consequences.

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van der Knaap, M.S., Valk, J., Jansen, G.H. et al. Mycotic encephalitis: predilection for grey matter. Neuroradiology 35, 567–572 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00588394

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Key words

  • Mycotic infection
  • Encephalitis
  • Grey matter