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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 113-116
Case Report

Rhomboencephalitis Caused by Listeria Monocytogenes

Stephen Workman1,2 and Michael Theal2

1Division of General Internal Medicine, Victoria General Hospital, Canada
2Faculty of Medicine, University of Dalhousie, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Received 11 April 1996; Accepted 20 June 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Listerial rhomboencephalitis is a rare, devastating treatable disease. A previously well 72-year-old man presented with a one-week history of fever and headache. Four days before admission he developed right facial numbness and ataxia. Diagnosis and treatment are described, including the relevant clinical, laboratory and radiological findings.