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Clin Infect Dis. 1995 Aug;21(2):323-7.

Meningitis caused by Candida species: an emerging problem in neurosurgical patients.

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, USA.


Three cases of candida meningitis were encountered in a 3-year period in our hospital; all occurred in neurosurgical patients. We describe these three cases and review the 15 cases of neurosurgery-related candida meningitis previously reported in the English-language literature. Data regarding these 18 patients formed the basis for our review. Most patients with candida meningitis had recently received antibacterial agents, and it is notable that 50% of patients suffered from antecedent bacterial meningitis. The CSF analysis revealed neutrophilic pleocytosis that was indistinguishable from that of bacterial meningitis. The overall mortality was 11%. Administration of amphotericin B combined with flucytosine appeared to be the best therapeutic approach for candida meningitis.

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