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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 1998 September;42(3):165-72

language: English

Actinomycosis of the central nervous system: sur­gi­cal treat­ment of three cases

Puzzili F. 1, Salvati M. 2, Bristot R. 1, Bastianello S. 1, Ruggeri A. 1, Lunardi P. 1

1 Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Polo di Pozzilli (IS), Italy;
2 INM-Neuromed, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Polo di Pozzilli (IS), Italy


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Three cases of acti­nom­y­cot­ic brain infec­tion are ­described, 2 of which man­i­fest­ed as cere­bral ­abscess, the third as epi­du­ral empye­ma. Complete res­o­lu­tion of the infec­tion was ­always ­achieved by means of sur­gi­cal treat­ment and pro­longed anti­bi­o­tic ther­a­py. The cases report­ed empha­size the impor­tance of a com­bined ­approach in the treat­ment of this unusu­al cause of brain infec­tion.

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