Intracranial Space-Occupying Lesions

  • Erdal Kalkan
  • Fatih Erdi
  • Yasar Karatas
  • Bülent Kaya


Central nervous system (CNS) fungal infections have been diagnosed increasingly over the last few decades, due to the increase of immunocompromised patients under risk and improvements in imaging technology. Today, fungi are increasingly being recognized, but Candida and Aspergillus are the most common agents of invasive fungal infections. Although some improvements have been achieved, CNS fungal infections constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Fungal space-occupying lesions include intracranial granulomas, abscesses, and cysts, particularly in the primary parenchymal location. Nonneoplastic fungal space-occupying lesions of the CNS can grow expansively and easily mimic their neoplastic counterparts in clinical and radiological evaluations. In this chapter we review the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of fungal intracranial space-occupying lesions.


Infection Fungal Mass Lesion Intracranial 



Central nervous system


Cerebrospinal fluid


Computed tomography


Magnetic resonance imaging


Space-occupying lesions


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erdal Kalkan
    • 1
  • Fatih Erdi
    • 2
  • Yasar Karatas
    • 1
  • Bülent Kaya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryMedova Private HospitalKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Meram Faculty of MedicineNecmettin Erbakan UniversityKonyaTurkey

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