MRI findings of cerebral cryptococcosis in immunocompetent patients

J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2011 Feb;55(1):52-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9485.2010.02229.x.


Worldwide, cerebral cryptococcal infections caused by cryptococcus neoformans are mostly found in immunocompromised patients, but less found in immunocompetent patients with fewer related imaging reports in literatures. This pictorial essay describes some important MR imaging features in arriving at diagnosis for cerebral cryptococcosis in immunocompetent patients by way of five illustrative cases with intact MRI data.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / immunology*
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence / immunology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Meningitis, Cryptococcal / immunology*
  • Meningitis, Cryptococcal / pathology*
  • Middle Aged