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December 3, 1982

Zygomycetes Brain Abscesses in Narcotic Addicts With Serological Diagnosis

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)