Dorsal midbrain encephalitis caused by Propionibacterium acnes. Report of two cases

P. J. Camarata, R. E. McGeachie, S. J. Haines

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Abstract

A syndrome of dorsal midbrain dysfunction in association with a central nervous system anaerobic diphtheroid infection is described. Two cases of infection with Propionibacterium acnes manifested as shunt malfunctions with a clinical dorsal midbrain syndrome. Magnetic resonance images showed increased signal in the midbrain tectum which has decreased slowly over time. The evidence suggesting that this syndrome represents bacterial midbrain encephalitis is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-659
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

Keywords

  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • brain-stem encephalitis
  • cerebrospinal fluid shunt
  • hydeocephalus

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