Listeria brain abscess in a patient with autoimmune hepatitis

Polina Trachuk, Tania Marin Saquicela, Michael H. Levi, Rabea Khedimi

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Listeria monocytogenes is an uncommon cause of brain abscesses. Immunocompromised hosts, pregnant women and patients at extremes of age are especially susceptible. We discuss the successful management of a woman with autoimmune hepatitis on prednisone and azathioprine therapy with a L. monocytogenes brain abscess. Previously thought to be a rare cause of central nervous system (CNS) infection, the incidence of CNS listeriosis has increased due to a rise in organ and bone marrow transplantation requiring immunosuppressive medications. L. monocytogenes brain abscesses are now more frequently described and are associated with high rates of concomitant bacteremia suggesting a hematogenous route of infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00569
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Azathioprine
  • Brain abscess
  • Listeria monocytogenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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    Trachuk, P., Marin Saquicela, T., Levi, M. H., & Khedimi, R. (2019). Listeria brain abscess in a patient with autoimmune hepatitis. IDCases, 17, [e00569].