Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse

C. V. Wetli, S. D. Weiss, Timothy Cleary, E. Gyori

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Abstract

Three intravenous drug abusers (predominantly cocaine) developed a fulminant fungal cerebritis without any other identifiable predisposing factor. Two died and one survived with a severe neurologic deficit. Zygomycetes (nonseptated fungi) were identified in the brain tissue of two victims and Acremonium alabamensis was cultured from the brain tissue of the third. Fulminant fungal cerebritis in intravenous drug abusers (in the absence of any predisposing illness) may represent a unique variant of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Future surviving patients should be evaluated for the possibility of a cellular immune deficiency state in order to confirm this impression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-268
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume29
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Intravenous Substance Abuse
drug abuse
Drug Users
brain
Acremonium
drug
Brain
Neurologic Manifestations
Cocaine
Causality
deficit
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Fungi
illness

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Wetli, C. V., Weiss, S. D., Cleary, T., & Gyori, E. (1984). Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 29(1), 260-268.

Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse. / Wetli, C. V.; Weiss, S. D.; Cleary, Timothy; Gyori, E.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.01.1984, p. 260-268.

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Wetli, CV, Weiss, SD, Cleary, T & Gyori, E 1984, 'Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse', Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 260-268.
Wetli CV, Weiss SD, Cleary T, Gyori E. Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1984 Jan 1;29(1):260-268.
Wetli, C. V. ; Weiss, S. D. ; Cleary, Timothy ; Gyori, E. / Fungal cerebritis from intravenous drug abuse. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1984 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 260-268.
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