Author(s): Shonali Ashwin Valsangkar1, Hrushikesh Umakant Kharosekar2, Vernon L. Velho3
Fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are almost always a clinical surprise. Their presentation is subtle, often without any diagnostic characteristics, and they are frequently mistaken for tuberculous meningitis, pyogenic abscess, or brain tumour. With high index of suspicion, an aggressive approach to diagnosis, and rapid vigorous therapy may we hope to alter the clinical course in this group of patients. In general, fungi are organisms of low pathogenicity, emerging as opportunistic organisms thriving in an immunocompromised host; however, some will infect even immunocompetent hosts. We present two unusual fungal infections in immunocompetent hosts.