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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 957-958

An Interesting Form of Presentation in Intracranial Tuberculosis

Department of Neurosurgery, Nobel Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Biratnagar, Nepal

Date of Web Publication26-Aug-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sunil Munakomi
Department of Neurosurgery, Nobel Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Biratnagar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.293474

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Munakomi S. An Interesting Form of Presentation in Intracranial Tuberculosis. Neurol India 2020;68:957-8

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An 11-year-old male child was brought to our outpatient clinic following slowly progressive headache and multiple episodes of vomiting of 1-month duration. There were no significant past medical or surgical illnesses. The child was conscious and well-oriented to time, place, and person. There were no significant neurological localizing signs. His magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain revealed features of a lesion with heterogeneous intensity and enhancement with a closely-associated cyst, with a fluid level within, in the frontoparietal region [Figure 1]. A differential diagnosis was made of either a pilocytic astrocytoma or a ganglioglioma. The patient underwent craniotomy and complete excision of the lesion. The cystic portion had a clear CSF like content. The lesion was well-circumscribed, firm inconsistency, and was mildly vascular. The histology report revealed the presence of several ill-formed epitheloid granulomas with few langhans giant cells with lymphoid aggregates and lymphoid follicles [Figure 2], highly suggestive of tuberculosis. The cerebral spinal fluid polymerase chain reaction for tuberculosis also came positive and thereby the patient was started on antitubercular therapy.
Figure 1: MRI brain (a) T1, (b) T2, (c) FLAIR, (d) DWI, (e) SWI and (f) Contrast sequences of the lesion

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Figure 2: Histological findings of the lesion highly suggestive of TB

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Tuberculosis is considered as a great mimicker in medicine.[1] Herein, we report images of a rare form of presentation in intracranial tuberculosis in a young child. Such a presentation has rarely been reported in the literature.[2]

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Raz E, Zagzag D, Saba L, Mannelli L, Di Paolo PL, D'Ambrosio F,et al. Cyst with a mural nodule tumor of the brain. Cancer Imaging 2012;12:237-44.  Back to cited text no. 2


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