Brain Tuberculomas: A Case Report


Maryam Saleh 2 , * , Ali Asghar Saeedi 3 , Ali Ali Pooran 1

2 Influenza Research Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, IR Iran

3 Department of Infectious Diseases, Besat Hospital,Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Sajad Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

How to Cite: Saleh M, Saeedi A A, Ali Pooran A. Brain Tuberculomas: A Case Report, Jundishapur J Microbiol. 2014 ; 7(7):11252. doi: 10.5812/jjm.11252.


Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology: 7 (7); 11252
Published Online: June 30, 2014
Article Type: Case Report
Received: April 5, 2013
Accepted: June 15, 2013


Introduction: An unusual incidence of tuberculosis in different parts of the body is called tuberculomas. The rate of brain tuberculosis is rare.

Case Presentation: The following case of tuberculamas of the brain, presented by enhancing rings of meninges, is reported because of its rarity. It was a case of brain tuberculomas in a 15-year-old girl with primary symptoms of headache and general weakness, and no signs of primary pulmonary infection.

Discussion: The subject underwent computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. Microbiological tests (acid fast bacilli smear-AFB, and culture of biopsy specimen) were applied subsequently. According to the results, the problem was diagnosed as brain tuberculomas. After operation she was completely treated with anti-TB drugs. Although brain tuberculosis is rare, it was diagnosed on the basis of histopathology and the patient's successful response to anti-tuberculous drug treatment.

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