Invasion of the cerebrospinal axis by fungi related to the yeasts (blastomycosis, oidiomycosis, coccidioidal granuloma) has been often reported. Cases showing skin lesions, with systemic infection, have been frequent. The rarity of cases in which, clinically, the nervous system alone was involved prompts us to report this study of a single case.
When one attempts to classify fungi that are pathogenic to man, one finds great confusion. The term blastomycosis has been loosely used to cover all types and no serious attempt to clarify the situation was made until Stoddard and Cutler1 produced their splendid monograph in 1916. They emphasized the tissue reactions and the cultural characteristics of the various types, and arrived at definite conclusions concerning the differential features of infection by saccharomycetes, torula and oidiomycosis. There are many points of resemblance in the pathologic lesions, but Stoddard and Cutler pointed out that classification can be made by
McKENDREE CA, CORNWALL LH. MENINGO-ENCEPHALITIS DUE TO TORULA. Arch NeurPsych. 1926;16(2):167–181. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200260039003
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