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May 1987

Nocardial Cerebral Abscess in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Mr Adair and Dr Baringer), Internal Medicine (Dr Beck), and Neurosurgery (Dr Apfelbaum), University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

Arch Neurol. 1987;44(5):548-550. doi:10.1001/archneur.1987.00520170074026

• Nocardial cerebral abscess is an unusual neurologic manifestation of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. A 20-year-old woman with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome presented with headache and fever. Nocardia asteroides was cultured from a stereotaxic brain biopsy specimen. Despite antibiotic therapy to which the pathogen was sensitive, resolution of the abscess followed only after complete surgical excision.

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