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Central nervous system tuberculosis, one of the most challenging of infections

Deeba Ali, Hyppolite Ntula, Yilmaz Gorur, Lionel Bosquee, Benoit Cardos.


We are presented a 35 year old patient with no previous relevant medical history who was admitted to the emergency department for fever, altered mental status and diffuse abdominal pain. Initial evaluation failed to the demonstrated the presence of thoracic or abdominal deep infection. The clinical course was marked by a deterioration of the neurological condition. The cerebral MRI showed diffuse and extensive involvement of the brainstem and cerebellar hemispheres associated with hydrocephalus consistent with tuberculous meningoencephalitis. Antituberculous therapy was started but no clinical improvement was achieved.

Key words: tuberculous meningoencephalitis, magnetic resonance image

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