Turkish Neurosurgery 2008 , Vol 18 , Num 1
Frontal Bone and Epidural Tuberculosis
Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Kartal Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, 2. Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey Cranial bone and epidural tuberculosis is rare manifestation extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The incidence of tuberculosis of calvaria is on the rise in developing countries because of malnutrition, poor socioeconomic conditions, and immunodeficiency. We present the clinical features, radiology, histopathology, and surgical findings of a case of tuberculosis of the frontal bone with epidural extension. A 46 year-old female had presented with a history of painless right frontal swelling for the previous 4 months. The patient was operated on at a peripheral center for swelling in the right frontal region. In postoperative period, a leak that did not reply to nonspecific antibiotic therapy developed on the lesion. Right frontal epidural effusion was found in the patient who presented our clinic. Histopathological and microbiological examination suggested a diagnosis of tuberculosis. Keywords : Tuberculosis, Calvaria, Epidural effusion
Corresponding author : Hikmet Turan Süslü, hikmets1972@yahoo.com