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Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 146, Issue 4, pp 411–414 | Cite as

Nocardia brain abscess mimicking brain tumour in immunocompetent patients: report of two cases and review of the literature

  • A. Menkü
  • A. Kurtsoy
  • B. Tucer
  • O. Yıldız
  • H. Akdemir
Case Report

Summary

Nocardia brain abscess is a rare intracranial lesion and has been reported in immunocompromised patients. An optimal treatment approach has not been established. However, early diagnosis and appropriate antimicrobial therapy are very important factors for a good outcome. We report two unusual cases of Nocardia brain abscess simulating brain tumour in immunocompetent patients. One of the cases was presumed to be a primary brain tumour and the other a metastatic brain tumour. They underwent surgical gross total resection. After Nocardia asteroides was seen on Gram’s stain and subsequently identified by culture, appropriate antibiotic therapy was initiated.

Keywords: Cerebral abscess; intracranial mass; neuronavigation; Nocardia 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Menkü
    • 1
  • A. Kurtsoy
    • 1
  • B. Tucer
    • 1
  • O. Yıldız
    • 2
  • H. Akdemir
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryErciyes University School of MedicineKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Infectious DiseasesErciyes University School of MedicineKayseriTurkey

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