Cerebellar cryptococcoma in a patient with undiagnosed sarcoidosis: case report.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: We describe a patient with undiagnosed sarcoidosis who presented with a rare isolated cerebellar cryptococcoma masquerading as a metastatic brain tumor. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 58-year-old man with a history of resected squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx and pulmonary nodules was found to have a left cerebellar lesion on neuroimaging after presenting with a 4-month history of occipital headaches. Neuroimaging revealed a large, lobulated, intra-axial, left cerebellar hemispheric mass with peripheral nodular enhancement, mild adjacent edema, and dense focal areas of calcification. INTERVENTION: The patient underwent a left suboccipital craniotomy for gross total resection of the left cerebellar mass. Pathological examination of the resected specimen demonstrated a cryptococcoma, which was confirmed with a positive cerebrospinal fluid cryptococcal antigen. Postoperative evaluation revealed pulmonary sarcoidosis. CONCLUSION: Central nervous system cryptococcoma is a rare infection that may present in a patient with no known history of immunosuppression and no clinical signs of infection. Diagnostically, this can be difficult to distinguish from a brain tumor. Central nervous system cryptococcoma is an opportunistic infection that typically occurs in the presence of an immunosuppressed state. Sarcoidosis should be considered a predisposing factor because patients with this underlying disease have an increased susceptibility to this central nervous system fungal infection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kanaly, CW; Selznick, LA; Cummings, TJ; Adamson, DC

Published Date

  • March 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 3

Start / End Page

  • E571 -

PubMed ID

  • 17327765

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4040

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1227/01.NEU.0000255338.18404.C1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States