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Ann Neurol. 2000 Oct;48(4):661-5.

Neurolisteriosis presenting as recurrent transient ischemic attacks.

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Department of Neurology, New York University, NY 10016, USA.


An elderly man experienced recurrent transient episodes of right arm weakness and expressive aphasia. He was initially treated with aspirin and then with coumadin. Thirteen days after initial presentation, he became febrile and had signs of meningitis. The illness progressed relentlessly to death 9 weeks after admission to the hospital. Necropsy showed prominent meningitis with vasculitis extending into the left frontal lobe. Polymerase chain reaction identified the organism as Listeria monocytogenes.

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