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September 1949


Author Affiliations

Fellow in Neurosurgery, Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;62(3):314-321. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310150061007

METASTATIC mycotic infections of the brain are not common. At the Mayo Clinic, in a thirty-one year period (1915 through 1945), the lesions of 104 patients with metastatic brain abscesses were studied at necropsy. Brain abscesses due to mycotic organisms were found in only 5 of these cases. Candida (Monilia) albicans was found by culture to be the infecting organism in 1 of these cases. Coccidioides immitis was established histologically in 1 case reported by Beaver and Furrer1 in 1933. In the case reported by Craig and Dockerty2 in 1941 these authors were able to culture Coccidiodes immitis from the abscess. In the 2 remaining cases the infections were due to Actinomyces. In view of the fact that the clinical histories and pathologic findings in all these cases were so similar, only 2 of the cases will be reported subsequently in this paper.

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