Author(s): Hu YC, Newman CB, Bristol R, McDougall CG, Albuquerque FC
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Coccidioidomycosis is secondary to infection with fungal species Coccidioides immitis or Coccidioides posadasii. One consequence of extrapulmonary coccidioidomycosis dissemination is meningitis, which is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality if left untreated. Intracranial vasospasm, although rarely described, can occur and may be a result of vasculitic or subacute fibrotic changes. We describe a case of successful percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in a patient with severe vasospasm related to coccidioidal meningitis. This is the first report of this endovascular treatment used to treat coccidioidal vasospasm. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A patient with a history of pulmonary coccidioidomycosis presented with acute confusion, blurry vision and headache. Serology confirmed basilar meningitis and magnetic resonance angiography demonstrated severe symptomatic vasospasm. INTERVENTION: Emergent cerebral angiography confirmed severe vasospasm in the right middle cerebral artery and moderate vasospasm in the left middle cerebral artery. Successful PTA was performed under general anesthesia. The patient demonstrated postprocedural angiographic and clinical improvement. CONCLUSION: We report the first case of successful PTA performed to treat vasospasm related to coccidioidal meningitis. When vasospasm is clinically symptomatic, PTA is a safe and feasible procedure.
This article was published in J Neurointerv Surg
and referenced in Journal of Neuroinfectious Diseases