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Presence of a Parasitic Agent in Various Intracranial Tumours of Man

Nature volume 162, pages 147148 (24 July 1948) | Download Citation



IN a preliminary communication1, one of us (C. J.) reported how, by following up indications that gliomas of the domestic fowl arise as foci of chronic inflammation and appear to be a response to the presence of some irritant influence, he was led to the demonstration of a parasitic agent associated with the lesions of glioma and encephalitis in this species. Bodies (A, B, C and D) were described and illustrated which were claimed to be phases of a pleomorphic parasite, while others (E) were strongly suspected, and still others considered possibly to represent further phases. In glioma and in chronic disseminated encephalitis, it was the C and D bodies that were especially demonstrated, while the A and B bodies tended to be more characteristic of purulent encephalitis.

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  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Johannesburg Hospital.

    • R. A. KRYNAUW
  2. Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute, South Africa. March 16.



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