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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2007 June;51(2):77-9

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Brain abscess and Rendu-Osler-Weber disease. Case report and review of the literature

Ulivieri S. 1, Oliveri G. 1, Filosomi G. 2

1 Department of Neurosurgery Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, Siena, Italy
2 Departement of Neuroradiology Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, Siena, Italy


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The case of a 51-year-old man presented with intermittent diplopia, headache and family history of Rendu-Olser-Weber disease , also defined heredirary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), is described. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed an enhancing right occipital mass with surrounding edema. Computerized tomography of the chest identified pulmonary arteriovenous fistlae. The physiopathology of HHT and the treatment of the cerebral lesions are discussed.

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