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      Surgical resection of pericallosal tuberculoma through contralateral approach: A case report


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          Pericallosal tuberculoma, a rare form of intracranial tuberculoma, affects the corpus callosum and results from tuberculosis (TB), a bacterial infection that can cause a myriad of symptoms. Diagnosing this condition can be challenging but can be confirmed through imaging studies and biopsy. Treatment involves a combination of antitubercular medications and surgical removal of the lesion if it is in a critical location or causing significant symptoms. This article describes the surgical management and imaging characteristics approach to a patient with intracranial tuberculoma.

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          A 17-year-old female with a history of TB meningitis nine years ago presented with one week of recurrent seizures and mild third nerve palsy, later diagnosed as a tuberculoma of the corpus callosum through radiological imaging and biopsies. A total surgical resection of the lesion was performed using a contralateral interhemispheric frontal parasagittal approach. The patient went under observation and suitable follow-up plans.


          Surgical management can effectively treat cerebral granulomas and improve neurological deficits in patients with recurring TB. Despite the possibility of complications, the benefits of such measures are highlighted in this case, suggesting that surgical intervention can be a viable option for achieving optimal outcomes in these patients.

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          Surgery for brain tuberculosis: a review.

          The two main manifestations of brain tuberculosis that require surgery are hydrocephalus associated with tuberculous meningitis (TBMH) and brain tuberculomas. TBMH most often responds to medical therapy but surgery is required promptly for those who fail medical therapy. Both ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt and endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) are valid options although the latter is more often successful in patients with chronic hydrocephalus than in those with acute meningitis. Patients with TBMH are more prone to complications following VP shunt than other patients. The outcome of these patients is determined by the Vellore grade (I to IV) of the patients prior to surgery with those in good grades (I and II) having a better outcome and those in the worst grade (IV) having a high mortality in excess of 80 %. Patients with brain tuberculomas present clinically with features of a brain mass, indistinguishable clinically from other pathologies. CT and MR features might provide a probable diagnosis of a tuberculoma but most often a histological diagnosis is desirable. Empiric medical therapy is reserved for a small number of patients. Although the treatment of brain tuberculomas is essentially medical, surgery is required when the diagnosis is in doubt, to reduce raised intracranial pressure or local mass effect and to obtain tissue for culture and sensitivity studies. Stereotactic biopsy, stereotactic craniotomy and excision of superficial small tuberculomas and microsurgery are all procedures used to manage brain tuberculomas. The outcome in patients with brain tuberculomas is good if the tuberculous bacillus is sensitive to the anti-tuberculous therapy. The duration of therapy is debated but we suggest at least 18 months of combination therapy with three or four anti-tuberculous drugs and continue the therapy till the tuberculoma has resolved on neuro-imaging.
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            Two hundred and one cases of intracranial tuberculoma treated surgically.

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              Intracranial tuberculoma: MR imaging.

              MR studies of 6 patients with intracranial tuberculoma are reviewed. All patients also underwent CT scans which showed hypo- or isodense lesions with abnormal enhancement following contrast administration. MR showed lesions with prolongation of the T1 relaxation time in every case. On the T2-weighted sequences, the signal properties of the tuberculoma varied according to the stage of evolution of the lesion. Incipient tuberculomas appeared as scattered areas of hypointensity surrounded by edema. Mature tuberculomas were composed of a dark necrotic center surrounded by an isointense capsule which was, in turn, surrounded by edema. In one patient, the center of the lesion was hyperintense probably because of liquefaction and pus formation (tuberculous abscess). While both, CT and MR, were equally sensitive in visualizing the intracranial tuberculoma in every patient, MR was slightly superior in demonstrating the extent of the lesion, especially for brainstem tuberculomas. Nevertheless, the potential role for MR diagnosis of intracranial tuberculoma is limited by the fact that other infectious or neoplasic diseases may present similar findings. The diagnosis of intracranial tuberculoma should rest on a proper integration of data from clinical manifestations, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and neuroimaging studies.

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                Surg Neurol Int
                Surg Neurol Int
                Surgical Neurology International
                Scientific Scholar (USA )
                10 November 2023
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                [1 ]Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq
                [2 ]Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Alnahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
                [3 ]Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq,
                [4 ]Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,
                [5 ]Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
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                [* ] Corresponding author: Mustafa Ismail, Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Teaching Hospital , Baghdad, Iraq. mustafalorance2233@ 123456gmail.com
                Copyright: © 2023 Surgical Neurology International

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                : 05 May 2023
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