Unusual pattern of enhancement in cryptococcal meningitis: in vivo findings with postmortem correlation.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Leptomeningeal enhancement on CT and MR imaging studies secondary to cryptococcal meningitis is an uncommon finding. In immunocompromised patients, this meningitis incites only a mild inflammatory reaction and abnormalities are often absent on imaging studies. We recently encountered two patients with cryptococcal meningitis in whom postcontrast MR imaging showed thick enhancing subarachnoid spaces. Both had cryptococcal meningitis at autopsy. In a different patient with cryptococcal meningitis, postmortem MR imaging and pathologic examinations showed that these areas of enhancement correspond to abundant mucoid material secreted by the yeasts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arnder, L; Castillo, M; Heinz, ER; Scatliff, JH; Enterline, D

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1023 - 1026

PubMed ID

  • 8933813

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-8715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004728-199611000-00031


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States