Treebupachatsakul P, Srifeungfung S, Chayakulkeeree M
Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
SourceJ Med Assoc Thai 2006 Sep; 89(9)
Brain abscess with bacteremia caused by Listeria monocytogenes in a young woman with immune thrombocytopenic purpura was reported. The clinical features included fever, headache, and left-side weakness. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed a large single abscess at the right frontoparietal area. L. monocytogenes was isolated from a blood culture. The patient promptly received a surgical drainage. Because she had a history of penicillin allergy, and the organism was resistant to ampicillin, she was treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) alone for 12 months. During a one-year follow-up period, the patient improved and her neurological deficit gradually recovered. This is the first case of listerial brain abscess in Thailand that was successfully treated with TMP-SMX monotherapy and surgical drainage.
MeshAdultAnti-Bacterial AgentsBrain AbscessFemaleHumansListeria monocytogenesListeriosisMagnetic Resonance ImagingThailandTrimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Combination
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