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Neuroradiology

, Volume 42, Issue 7, pp 518–521 | Cite as

Radiographic findings in tuberculosis of the calvarium

  • T. Patankar
  • R. Varma
  • A. Krishnan
  • S. Prasad
  • K. Desai
  • M. Castillo
DIAGNOSTIC NEURORADIOLOGY

Abstract

We reviewed the pattern of involvement of the calvarium by tuberculosis (TB) in five patients and the role of imaging in its management. Four patients presented with localised scalp swelling and one with generalized seizures. Radiographs revealed lucent lesions with minimal surrounding sclerosis in the frontal (2), parietal (2) and occipital (1) bones. CT showed lesions involving the entire thickness of the calvarium and accompanying contrast-enhancing soft tissue. The patient presenting with seizures had a ring-enhancing lesion in the parietal lobe in addition to the extra-axial lesions. Although radiographs in all cases demonstrated calvarial TB, CT showed the extent of the defect, involvement of adjacent soft tissues, and in one case an intra-axial lesion. Radiographs suffice for follow-up of these patients.

Key words Tuberculosis Skull vault Computer tomography 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Patankar
    • 1
  • R. Varma
    • 1
  • A. Krishnan
    • 1
  • S. Prasad
    • 1
  • K. Desai
    • 2
  • M. Castillo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Bombay 400012, India e-mail: kemrad @ vsnl.com Tel.: + 91-22-4 13 60 51, ext. 25 36, Fax: + 91-22-4 14 34 35IN
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bombay, IndiaIN
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7510, USAUS

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