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January 1983

Aspergillosis of the Cerebral Ventricles in a Heroin Abuser: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Family Medicine (Dr Morrow) and Pathology (Dr Finkelstein), St Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers, NY; and the Infectious Disease Service, Departments of Medicine (Drs Wong and Armstrong) and Pathology (Dr Sternberg), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(1):161-164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350010173032

• Aspergillosis of the cerebral ventricles developed in a 36-year-old heroin abuser who died during the sixth week of illness. The diagnosis was not made during life. A review of our case and of four previous cases from the literature indicates that aspergillosis should be considered in parenteral drug abusers with the syndrome of chronic meningitis or ventriculitis. The diagnosis is difficult to establish, but serologic tests may be helpful. This form of CNS aspergillosis can be cured with antifungal drugs.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:161-164)