Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Fatal Primary Cerebral Infection Due to Chaetomium Strumarium

Australas Radiol. 2005 Apr;49(2):166-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2005.01367.x.


This report describes MRI findings of a rare case of biopsy-proven fatal cerebral infection with Chaetomium strumarium in a 28-year-old man with a history of i.v. drug abuse. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed rapidly progressing lesions with irregular peripheral enhancement, possible central haemorrhage and significant mass effect. Only six cases of cerebral infection with Chaetomium have been reported in the English literature. This is the first report in the radiology literature describing the imaging findings. The previously reported cases of cerebral infection by the Chaetomium species are also reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Brain Abscess / microbiology*
  • Chaetomium / isolation & purification*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Mycoses / diagnosis*