Mycoplasma hominis brain abscess presenting after a head trauma: a case report
1 Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, 12700 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop B168, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
2 Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Denver, 12700 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop B168, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:253 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-253Published: 22 August 2012
Mycoplasma hominis brain abscess is a rare occurrence, and treatment is not well defined. The mechanism by which M. hominis infects sites outside the genitourinary tract, including the central nervous system, is unclear.
We report the case of a 40-year-old Somali man who sustained a traumatic brain injury that required initial neurosurgical hematoma evacuation and that subsequently was complicated by a hospital-acquired M. hominis brain abscess. Our patient was successfully treated with neurosurgical debridement and an antibiotic course of intravenous doxycycline.
Head trauma or neurosurgical procedures or both might be a predisposing factor for this type of infection.