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Thalamic abscess caused by a rare pathogen:<i>streptococcus constellatus</i>

Özgür Şenol
Hikmet Turan Süslü
Necati Tatarlı
Mehmet Tiryaki
Bülent Güçlü


Streptococcus constellatus is a microorganism that lives commensally in the oropharyngeal region, urogenital region, and intestinal tract. However, it can cause infection in patients with certain predisposing factors. Rarely, this microorganism can cause a brain abscess. Thalamic localization of brain abscesses is much rarer than abscesses in other locations of the brain. Brain abscess caused by streptococcus constellatus are very rarely been reported in the literature. We present a rare case of a left-sided thalamic abscess caused by streptococcus constellatus in a 25-year-old male patient who was injured by shrapnel pieces in the head and who was malnourished. The patient was successfully treated by stereotactic aspiration and antibiotherapy.

Pan African Medical Journal 2016; 24

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