After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- 1. Distinguish the epidemiology and pathophysiology of coccidioidomycosis relevant to its central nervous manifestations.
- 2. Explain the pathophysiology and management of meningitis and hydrocephalus secondary to coccidioidomycosis.
- 3. Recall the pathophysiology and management of osteomyelitis and spinal epidural abscess secondary to coccidioidomycosis.
- 4. Describe the management of spinal cord complications secondary to coccidioidomycosis.
Dr. Wrobel is Chief of Neurosurgery, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA; and Dr. Taubman is a Resident in Surgery at Kern Medical Center.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.
Editor: Ali F. Krisht, M.D.*
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Production Assistant: Ronalda Williams
Ossama Al-Mefty, M.D.
Evandro De Oliveira, M.D.
Curtis A. Dickman, M.D.
Rudolph Fahlbusch, M.D.
John Fox, M.D.
Allan Friedman, M.D.
Douglas Kondziolka, M.D.
Mark Linskey, M.D.
Tom Origitano, M.D.
Glenn Pait, M.D.
Kalmon Post, M.D.
Chandra Sen, M.D.
Robert Solomon, M.D.
Martin Weiss, M.D.
Gazi Yasargil, M.D.
* Dr. Krisht has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.