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December 3, 1982

Zygomycetes Brain Abscesses in Narcotic Addicts With Serological Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital (Drs Pierce and Garagusi), and the Section of Infectious Diseases, Veterans Administration Medical Center (Drs Solomon and Parker), Washington, DC; and the Division of Mycotic Diseases for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta (Drs Kaufman and Ajello).

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2881-2882. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210063037

Fatal brain abscesses caused by Zygomycetes occurred in two patients known to be parenteral drug abusers. An immunodiffusion test for detection of antibodies to Zygomycetes demonstrated a band of identity in the serum of both patients. Prompt brain biopsy and culture, along with serological testing, may lead to a more rapid diagnosis and treatment of this fungal infection.

(JAMA 1982;248:2881-2882)