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BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Apr 25;2013. pii: bcr2013009129. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-009129.

Cryptococcal sternal osteomyelitis in a healthy woman: a review of Cryptococcus neoformans.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University School of Medicine, Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Abstract

Cryptococcus, an opportunistic yeast, known to afflict immune-compromised patients is often overlooked in immune-competent patients. This has led to increasing morbidity and mortality worldwide. We present a case of Cryptococcus causing sternal osteomyelitis in an immune-competent individual. Till date no case of Cryptococcus causing sternal osteomyelitis in an immune-competent patient has been reported in the English literature since 1946-2011. With the rising incidence of Cryptococcus infection it should be included among the list of infections causing osteomyelitis. Early detection and prompt treatment can decrease both morbidity and mortality.

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