Recurrent disseminated coccidioidal meningitis in two subsequent pregnancies

Jonathan E. Blohm, Lee R. McMahon, Chaur Dong Hsu

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Abstract

Objective: Recurrent disseminated coccidioidal meningitis in two subsequent pregnancies is rare and can pose a challenge in ensuring the health of both mother and baby. In this unique case we highlight this rare occurrence and subsequent treatment. Case report: A 29-year-old G4P1021 with a history of disseminated coccidioidomycosis in a previous pregnancy presented at 8 weeks gestation with nausea, headache, and neck pain. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis was positive for recurrent coccidioidal infection. She was started on Amphotericin and discharged. She re-presented at 30 week's gestation with phonophobia and photophobia, emesis, neck pain and swelling. MRI showed evidence of ventriculomegaly with communicating hydrocephalus. She was treated with therapeutic lumbar punctures throughout her pregnancy and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt following delivery. She had a spontaneous vaginal delivery at 38 weeks and 3 days with no complications. Conclusion: This unique case highlights the susceptibility of recurrent disseminated coccidioidomycosis in subsequent pregnancies and treatment thereof.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Coccidiomycosis
  • Meningitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Recurrent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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