Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 3
Brain Abscess Caused by Gemella Morbillorum: Case Report and Review of the Literature
Silky CHOTAI, Hong-Joo MOON, Joo-Han KIM, Jong-Hyun KIM, Hung-Seob CHUNG, Youn-Kwan PARK, Taek-Hyun KWON
Korea University Guro Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul, Democratic People's Republic of Korea DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3634-10.0 We describe a rare case of cerebral abscess in an immunocompetent 67-year-old male with Gemella morbillorum as the causative agent. Gemella morbillorum is an aerobic gram positive coccus and is deemed to be a normal inhabitant of the oral cavity. The aim of this report is to introduce Gemella morbillorum as the emerging pathogen involved in brain abscesses. To the best of our knowledge only eight cases of Gemella morbillorum brain abscess have been reported in the literature. An exhaustive review of the literature is included with emphasis on the primary source of infection, clinical presentation, radiological diagnosis, and treatment modalities. Keywords : Brain abscess, Gemella morbillorum, Odontogenic infections, Immunocompetent, Latency
Corresponding author : Kwon Taek-hyun, drsilkypranit@gmail.com