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hydrocephalus with meningitis

Louise Dunphy, Prashanth Shetty, Rabinder Randhawa, Kharil Amir Rani, Yaw Duodu
A 39-year-old man, born in India but resident in the UK for 10 years, was travelling in America when he became feverish with an altered mentation. He reported a 10-day history of fever, photophobia, headache and fatigue. His medical history included hypothyroidism and migraine. He was a non-smoker, did not consume alcohol and denied a history of drug use. He was transferred to the emergency department. Laboratory investigations confirmed hyponatraemia (sodium 128 mmol/L). A chest radiograph confirmed no focal consolidation...
October 7, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Nguyen Duc Bang, Maxine Caws, Thai Thanh Truc, Tran Ngoc Duong, Nguyen Huy Dung, Dang Thi Minh Ha, Guy E Thwaites, Doortje Heemskerk, Joel Tarning, Laura Merson, Pham Van Toi, Jeremy J Farrar, Marcel Wolbers, Thomas Pouplin, Jeremy N Day
BACKGROUND: Tuberculous meningitis in adults is well characterized in Vietnam, but there are no data on the disease in children. We present a prospective descriptive study of Vietnamese children with TBM to define the presentation, course and characteristics associated with poor outcome. METHODS: A prospective descriptive study of 100 consecutively admitted children with TBM at Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. Cox and logistic regression were used to identify factors associated with risk of death and a combined endpoint of death or disability at treatment completion...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Gamze Ozgurhan, Oznur Vermezoglu, Didem Ocal Topcu, Adem Karbuz, Aysel Vehapoglu, Bulent Hacihamdioglu
Although rotavirus gastroenteritis is quite common in the pediatric population, secondary bacterial sepsis following rotavirus infection is a rare clinical entity. Gram-negative bacilli are the fifth most common cause of meningitis in infants but this infection rarely occurs after gastroenteritis. Here, we report a 2.5-month-old infant who developed Escherichia coli (E. coli) meningitis after acute rotavirus gastroenteritis. The 2.5-month-old male infant with fever, vomiting, and watery diarrhea that started 1 day earlier was admitted to the hospital...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Yad R Yadav, Vijay S Parihar, Mina Todorov, Yatin Kher, Ishwar D Chaurasia, Sonjjay Pande, Hemant Namdev
Hydrocephalus is one of the commonest complications of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). It can be purely obstructive, purely communicating, or due to combinations of obstruction in addition to defective absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) as an alternative to shunt procedures is an established treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus in TBM. ETV in TBM hydrocephalus can be technically very difficult, especially in acute stage of disease due to inflamed, thick, and opaque third ventricle floor...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
M Crealey, T Mandiwanza, D Crimmins, A Foran, J F A Murphy
There is no available Irish data on the rate of Ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt insertion in infants with group B streptococcus (GBS) meningitis. We performed a retrospective case series of 40 infants with GBS meningitis over 6 years. Four (10%) infants required insertion of VP shunt for hydrocephalus. Those infants who required a VP shunt initially presented with seizures, lethargy and a low serum white cell count.
2016: Irish Medical Journal
Yasemin Cag, Derya Ozturk-Engin, Serap Gencer, Rodrigo Hasbun, Gonul Sengoz, Alexandru Crisan, Nurgul Ceran, Branislava Savic, Kadriye Yasar, Filiz Pehlivanoglu, Gamze Kilicoglu, Hulya Tireli, Ayse S Inal, Rok Civljak, Recep Tekin, Nazif Elaldi, Aysegul Ulu-Kilic, Muge Ozguler, Mustafa Namiduru, Mustafa Sunbul, Oguz R Sipahi, Olga Dulovic, Selma Alabay, Ayhan Akbulut, Alper Sener, Botond Lakatos, Katell Andre, Mucahit Yemisen, Serkan Oncu, Mihai Nechifor, Ozcan Deveci, Seniha Senbayrak, Asuman Inan, Gorana Dragovac, Hanefi C G L, Gurkan Mert, Oral Oncul, Bahar Kandemir, Serpil Erol, Canan Agalar, Hakan Erdem
AIMS: There is no report on the factors affecting the resolution of symptoms related to meningitis during treatment of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Thus, we examined the factors associated with early therapeutic responses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multicenter study included 507 patients with microbiologically confirmed TBM. However, 94 patients eligible for the analysis were included in this study from 24 centers. Six out of 94 patients died and the statistical analysis was performed with 88 survivors...
September 2016: Neurology India
Takatsugu Abe, Tomohiro Kawaguchi, Miki Fujimura, Teiji Tominaga
A 69-year-old woman presented with anorexia, fever, and vomiting. The patient was not a compromised host. She was finally diagnosed with <i>Listeria</i> meningitis and treated with ampicillin and gentamicin. However, her condition worsened over time. Non-contrast head CT showed ventricular dilatation. As a result, continuous right ventricular drainage was performed. Non-contrast MRI revealed hydrocephalus due to stenosis of the fourth ventricle. She underwent endoscopic third ventriculostomy(ETV)to improve cerebrospinal fluid circulation...
September 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
H X Mao, H Y Zhu, Y L Wang, Y Yang, X F You, X W Sun
OBJECTIVE: To study the MRI features of ventricular system tuberculosis. METHODS: Nineteen patients with ventricular system tuberculosis in our hospital from Mar. 2009 to Sep. 2014 were retrospectively identified. Their clinical features and cranial MRI characteristics were reviewed. RESULTS: There were 13 males and 6 females, aged from 15-81 years(mean 37±16). Eight patients had intraventricular tuberculosis, with 5 long striped or irregular shaped intraventricular tuberculosis and 3 with ventricular tuberculoma...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Mustafa Kilic, İlhan Yilmaz, Osman Tanriverdi, Cem Akgun, Ahmet Murat Musluman, Adem Yilmaz
AIM: Factors affecting the development of postoperative hydrocephalus patients who underwent surgery after spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage were retrospectively assessed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 201 cases who underwent aneurysm surgery in our clinic after subarachnoid hemorrhage between 2008 and 2013 were retrospectively assessed. Twenty-one cases with hydrocephalus development were retrospectively examined according to their age, gender, history (hypertension, alcohol, and smoking), blood type, the number and size of aneurysms, aneurysm localization, the presence of ventricular hemorrhage, baseline-final neurological diagnosis, Fisher grading system, history of vasospasm and meningitis...
January 25, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Lubaba Shahrin, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Sayeeda Huq, Md Munirul Islam, Shafiqul Alam Sarker, Mahmuda Begum, Shukla Saha, Tahmeed Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: Streptococcus pneumonia is the most common and intimidating cause of childhood meningitis. Its delayed diagnosis may be associated with hyponatremia and hypernatremia with fatal outcome. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy nine-month-old Bangladeshi female infant was diagnosed with diarrhea, pneumonia, and convulsion due to hypernatremia. Pneumonia was confirmed by respiratory distress and radiological findings. Routine cerebrospinal fluid study detected pneumococcal meningitis...
2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Chuan T Foo, Louise M Burrell, Douglas F Johnson
A 67-year old previously well male presented with a 1 week history of confusion on a background of 3 weeks of headache. Past history included two superficial melanomas excised 5 years ago. Treatment for meningoencephalitis was commenced based on lumbar puncture (LP) and non-contrast brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results. Lack of a clinical response to antibiotics resulted in a second LP and contrast brain MRI which demonstrated hydrocephalus and leptomeningeal disease. Ongoing deterioration led to a whole-body computed tomographic and spinal MRI that showed widespread metastatic disease and extensive leptomeningeal involvement of the spinal cord...
August 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Ozan Kocak, Coskun Yarar, Sevgi Yimenicioğlu, Arzu Ekici, Özcan Bör
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder. HLH may occur as a complication of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), particularly in patients with immunodeficiencies. Herein, we describe a 16-year-old girl with neurological complications associated EBV-induced HLH. Her cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed contrast-enhanced axial T1-weighted images with enhancement of meningeal surface in the right hemisphere that was consistent with right hemi-meningitis. Hydrocephalus, dilated subdural spaces, delayed myelination, edema, diffuse parenchymal atrophy, calcifications, diffuse/patchy white matter abnormalities have all been previously described with HLH...
July 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Anurag Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Amita Jain, Neeraj Kumar, Neera Kohli, Rajesh Verma, Praveen Kumar Sharma
BACKGROUND: Awareness about paradoxical reactions in tuberculous meningitis is crucial as a paradoxical reaction may lead to certain wrong conclusions (for example, an erroneous diagnosis, and a possibility of treatment failure, mycobacterial drug-resistance, drug toxicity, or presence of a malignancy). The present study was planned to evaluate the incidence and predictive factors of paradoxical reactions in light of clinical, cerebrospinal fluid, and neuroimaging characteristics...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Alexandru Szathmari, Romain Perbet, Marc Hermier, Federico Di Rocco, Didier Frappaz, Carmine Mottolese
BACKGROUND: Primary leptomeningeal melanomatosis (PLM) is a rare and aggressive form of nonmetastatic invasion of leptomeninges by malignant melanocytic cells. Clinical presentation includes nonspecific meningism with various forms of cerebrospinal fluid circulation or absorption disorders leading to hydrocephalus. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 5-year-old child with PLM without neurocutaneous melanosis presented with cystic enlargement of the brainstem surrounding cisterns and hydrocephalus requiring occipitoaxial decompression and endoscopic cystostomy...
August 2016: World Neurosurgery
Jason Li, Suraiya Afroz, Eric French, Anuj Mehta
BACKGROUND: In the USA, Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is more likely to be found in foreign-born individuals, and those co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more likely to have tuberculous meningitis. The literature is lacking in details about the clinical workup of patients presenting with tuberculous meningitis with encephalopathic features who are co-infected with HIV. This report demonstrates a clinical approach to diagnosis and management of tuberculous meningitis...
2016: American Journal of Case Reports
A G Melikyan, Yu V Kushel', A N Vorob'ev, N A Arkhipova, V S Sorokin, N V Lemeneva, I A Savin, I N Pronin, A B Kozlova, O A Grinenko, S B Buklina, I A Nagorskaya
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: Hemispherectomy is a recognized option in the treatment of symptomatic forms of intractable focal epilepsy in patients with developmental brain malformations and some acquired lesions of one the hemispheres. The prognosis for an outcome of the technique is important in terms of the indications for surgical treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We described the hemispherectomy technique and its variants and analyzed our own experience of surgery in 40 children...
2016: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Sachidanand J Bharati, Mihir Prakash Pandia, Girija Prasad Rath, Parmod Kumar Bithal, Hari Hara Dash, Surya K Dube
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with brainstem tumors have many associated systemic abnormalities and are prone to develop perioperative complications. We studied the problems associated with brainstem tumors and their influence on the postoperative neurological outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective review of records of patients who underwent surgery for brainstem tumors over a period of 8 years was done. Preoperative variables, perioperative complications and neurological outcome as assessed by Glasgow Outcome Scale at the time of hospital discharge were noted...
April 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
Jaime Torres-Corzo, Juan Manuel Vinas-Rios, Jesus Antonio Viana Rojas, Dominic Cervantes, Martin Sánchez-Aguilar, Juan Carlos Chalita-Williams, Roberto Rodriguez-Dellavecchia, Jose Juan Sanchez-Rodriguez
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this work is to elucidate the efficacy of endoscopic basal cisterns exploration, biopsy, and third ventriculostomy (ETV) in patients with basal cistern meningitis and arachnoiditis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cases and videos of all patients in whom flexible neuroendoscopy was performed during the period of January 2005-June 2012 at the University Hospital 'Dr. Ignacio Morones Prieto' in San Luis Potosí, México. A group of 47 patients with radiological diagnosis of basal meningitis, arachnoiditis, and negative cerebrospinal fluid analysis were included...
July 2016: Neurological Research
Wael Mohamed Mohamed Moussa, Wael Khedr
Hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) has high morbidity and mortality rates. Decompressive craniectomy (DC) is generally used for the treatment of cases associated with refractory increased intracranial pressure (ICP). In this study, we investigated the beneficial effects of adding DC and expansive duraplasty (ED) to hematoma evacuation in patients who underwent surgery for large hypertensive ICH. A prospective randomized controlled clinical trial where 40 patients diagnosed having large hypertensive ICH was randomly allocated to either group A or B, each comprised 20 patients...
May 27, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Ursula K Rohlwink, Tracy Kilborn, Nicky Wieselthaler, Ebrahim Banderker, Eugene Zwane, Anthony A Figaji
BACKGROUND: Pediatric tuberculous meningitis (TBM) leads to high rates of mortality and morbidity. Prompt diagnosis and initiation of treatment are challenging; imaging findings play a key role in establishing the presumptive diagnosis. General brain imaging findings are well reported; however, specific data on cerebral vascular and spinal involvement in children are sparse. METHODS: This prospective cohort study examined admission and followed up computed tomography brain scans and magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brain, cerebral vessels (magnetic resonance angiogram) and spine at 3 weeks in children treated for TBM with hydrocephalus (HCP; inclusion criteria)...
October 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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