Spinal Cryptococcoma Mimicking Spinal Cord Tumor Complicated by Cryptococcal Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Patient
Shanthi Viswanathan*, Carol Lai, Suraya Yusoff and Norzaini Rose
Department of Neurology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, 50560, Malaysia
- Corresponding Author:
- Shanthi Viswanathan
Department of Neurology
Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pahang
Kuala Lumpur, 50560, Malaysia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 20, 2017; Accepted date: June 26, 2017; Published date: June 30, 2017
Citation: Viswanathan S, Lai C, Yusoff S, Rose N (2017) Spinal Cryptococcoma Mimicking Spinal Cord Tumor Complicated by Cryptococcal Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Patient. J Neurol Neurophysiol 8:432. doi:10.4172/2155-9562.1000432
Copyright: © 2017 Viswanathan S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
There are very few cases in the literature on spinal cryptococcomas occurring alone without cerebral involvement at onset. Although cases of cerebral cryptoccomas followed by arachnoiditis have been reported, cases of spinal cryptococcoma followed by cryptococcal meningitis are exceedingly rare. We present a patient with spinal cord cryptococcoma who subsequently developed cryptococcal meningitis in a young immunocompetent patient. Early recognition and aggressive anti-fungal treatment is important.