Background: Progressive deterioration and ensuing death following a neurosurgical procedure often represents a diagnostic challenge to the team responsible for patient care. Many, but not all, causes are treatable if a diagnosis is made early. Methods: A 69-year-old woman who died 6 weeks post-operatively following a meningioma resection is reported. An initial routine post-operative course became complicated by progressive neurological deterioration 3–4 weeks later. Despite extensive investigation she died 6 weeks post-operatively without a diagnosis. Results: Autopsy demonstrated extensive Candida meningitis. A review of the literature demonstrates this to be a reported complication in high risk patients, difficult to diagnose, but treatable when identified. Conclusions: Fungal meningitis should be high in the differential diagnosis in the post-operative patient with delayed, unexplained neurological deterioration, especially when associated with negative CSF cultures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques|
|State||Published - Aug 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology