Fatal granulomatous amebic encephalitis due to Balamuthia mandrillaris in New Mexico: A case report

Talia N. Pindyck, Lauren E. Dvorscak, Blaine L. Hart, Michael D. Palestine, Joel E. Gallant, Sarah E. Allen, Karen S. SantaCruz

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Abstract

Balamuthia mandrillaris is a free-living amoeba that can cause granulomatous amebic encephalitis (GAE). We report a case in an individual with a history of alcohol abuse, cocaine use, and ditch water exposure. This is the first reported case of GAE due to B mandrillaris in New Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Ameba
  • Balamuthia mandrillaris
  • Diagnosis
  • Encephalitis
  • Granulomatous amebic encephalitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Pindyck, T. N., Dvorscak, L. E., Hart, B. L., Palestine, M. D., Gallant, J. E., Allen, S. E., & SantaCruz, K. S. (2014). Fatal granulomatous amebic encephalitis due to Balamuthia mandrillaris in New Mexico: A case report. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofu062