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J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Nov;42(11):5419-23.

Fatal cerebral phaeohyphomycosis due to Curvularia lunata in an immunocompetent patient.

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Department of Pathology, University of South Alabama, Mobil, AL 36617, USA. ecarter@usouthal.edu

Abstract

Curvularia infections in humans are relatively uncommon despite the ubiquitous presence of this soil-dwelling dematiaceous fungus in the environment. Originally thought to be solely a pathogen of plants, Curvularia has been described as a pathogen of humans and animals in the last half-century, causing respiratory tract, cutaneous, and corneal infections. Only three previous cases of central nervous system involvement by Curvularia have been documented in the medical literature. We report a fatal case of cerebral Curvularia infection in which there was no known history of immunocompromise or prior respiratory tract or sinus infection in the patient.

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15528761
PMCID:
PMC525239
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.42.11.5419-5423.2004
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