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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

LAMBERTUCCI, José Roberto; SOUZA-PEREIRA, Silvio Roberto  and  CARVALHO, Tânia Antunes. Simultaneous occurrence of brain tumor and myeloradiculopathy in schistosomiasis mansoni: case report. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2009, vol.42, n.3, pp.338-341. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822009000300019.

Simultaneous occurrence of brain tumor and myeloradiculopathy in cases of Manson's schistosomiasis have only rarely been described. We report the case of a 38-year-old man who developed seizures during a trip to Puerto Rico and in whom a brain tumor was diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging: brain biopsy revealed the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. He was transferred to a hospital in the United States and, during hospitalization, he developed sudden paraplegia. The diagnosis of myeloradiculopathy was confirmed at that time. He was administered praziquantel and steroids. The brain tumor disappeared, but the patient was left with paraplegia and fecal and urinary dysfunction. He has now been followed up in Brazil for one year, and his clinical state, imaging examinations and laboratory tests are presented here.

Keywords : Brain tumor; Neuroschistosomiasis; Myeloradiculopathy.

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