Listeria Brain Abscess in a Patient With Crescentic Glomerulonephritis That Progressed to Chronic Kidney Disease: A Case Report

Yuh Ming Chang, Chang Phone Fung, Yang Kai Fan, Cheng Yin Tseng


Listeria monocytogenes is a gram-positive opportunistic intracellular pathogen that causes listeriosis, a rare but serious foodborne illness. Listeriosis has a predilection to invade the central nervous system and is associated with high mortality. L. monocytogenes commonly causes meningitis, and brain abscesses are rare. Among the ones reported thus far, most Listeria brain abscess occur in patients with underlying hematological malignancies or in those receiving solid organ transplants. Listeria brain abscess in a patient with crescentic glomerulonephritis, however, has not yet been reported. Here, we report a case of Listeria brain abscess with intraventricular rupture causing ventriculitis and hydrocephalus in a 61-year-old man with crescentic glomerulonephritis that progressed to chronic kidney disease.

J Med Cases. 2013;4(5):349-352


Brain abscess; Central nervous system infections; Hydrocephalus; Listeria monocytogenes; Listeriosis

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