Parasitic lesion of the insula suggesting cerebral sparganosis: case report.


Journal Article

Cerebral sparganosis, a parasitic disease, rarely produces a chronic active inflammatory response in the brain. Clinically and radiographically the process may mimic a neoplasm. We report a 30-year-old man who underwent surgical exploration for a mass in the insular cortex. Histology revealed a densely fibrotic mass heavily infiltrated with plasma cells and lymphocytes, in which were embedded parasitic forms consistent with sparganosis. We describe the MRI appearances and pathologic features. Intracranial mass lesions secondary to sparganosis must be considered in patients with a history of travel to endemic areas, especially Asia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cummings, TJ; Madden, JF; Gray, L; Friedman, AH; McLendon, RE

Published Date

  • March 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 206 - 208

PubMed ID

  • 10772144

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10772144

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3940

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s002340050047


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany