Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Neuroradiology - Case Report 2016

MRI findings of intramedullary spinal cryptococcoma

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From the Department of Radiology, Ankara Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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From the Departments of Radiology, Ministry of Health Ankara Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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From the Departments of Pathology, Ministry of Health Ankara Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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From the Departments of Neurosurgery, Ministry of Health Ankara Atatürk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Diagn Interv Radiol 2007; 13: 64-67
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Abstract

Cryptococcus neoformans is a yeast that most commonly infects the central nervous system. Meningitis and meningoencephalitis are the most common presentations of cryptococcosis. Cryptococcoma, however, is a rare entity characterized by localized, solid, tumor-like masses that are usually found in the cerebral hemispheres or cerebellum, but are extremely rare in the spinal cord. We report a case of an immunocompetent patient with intramedullary cryptococcoma in the spinal cord, which presented as a spinal tumor. Diagnosis was made by histological examination of the surgical specimen.

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