Brain abscess in a recent immigrant

Authors

  • Philip N Britton,

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    1. Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Raymond Chaseling

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    • Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest to be declared.

Correspondence: Dr Philip N Britton, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, cornerr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia. Fax: 02 9845 3291; email: philipb@chw.edu.au

Abstract

Abstract

A 7-year-old boy who has recently immigrated from India presented with two episodes of focal seizure over a 3-month period. A cranial magnetic resonance imaging scan showed a ring-enhancing lesion in his cerebral cortex. He was diagnosed with a pyogenic brain abscess following resection of the lesion and also had positive serology to Taenia solium (which causes neurocysticercosis). We briefly review these two diseases and discuss the important diagnostic issues.

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