Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
ISSN-L : 0918-2918
Solitary Pontine Tuberculoma
Hiroshi SUGIMORIYoshisuke SAKUSetsuro IBAYASHITetsuzou OGASAWARAMasatoshi FUJISHIMAMitsuo IIDA
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2002 Volume 41 Issue 9 Pages 738-742

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A 66-year-old man, with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis 40 years before admission, complained of headache and dysarthria that lasted for 2 weeks and was followed by diplopia. MRI revealed an isolated nodular lesion in the pons with a marked enhancement mimicking brain tumor and other diseases. Antituberculous drugs were started under the presumptive diagnosis of tuberculoma. The lesion was completely resolved after 9 months of treatment and thus, the final diagnosis was confirmed. An empiric administration of antituberculous drug may be an important and non-invasive diagnostic tool as well as a treatment in such cases.
(Internal Medicine 41: 738-742, 2002)

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