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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-146

Pediatric neurobrucellosis associated with hydrocephalus


1 Department of Neurosurgery, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey
3 Department of Pediatric, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey
4 Department of Family Medicine Tayfur Ata Sökmen Medical Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Vefik Arica
Medical Faculty of the Mustafa Kemal University, 31100, Serinyol, Antakya, Hatay
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.76115

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Brucellosis is an infectious disease, frequently encountered in developing countries. It may involve multiple organ systems of the human body. However, neurobrucellosis is a rare complication of brucellosis. The most frequent events of cranial involvement are meningitis and meningoencephalitis. In the present case, a 10-year-old girl was referred to our clinic with fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. The patient's blood and cerebrospinal fluid cultures were found positive for brucellosis. Communicating hydrocephalus was also present in the cranial computed tomography as a complication of neurobrucellosis. The patient was successfully treated by external ventricular drainage and triple antibiotic therapy. There was no need to insert a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt.






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