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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2005 Jul;23(3):198-9.

Fusarium solani breast abscess.

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Department of Microbiology, Raja Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Chidambaram - 608 002, Tamil Nadu, India.


An unusual manifestation of breast fusariosis was encountered in a 55-year-old female diabetic patient. Two fine needle aspirates (FNA) from the abscess were done at three days interval and they showed hyaline, septate, branched, fungal hyphae in 10% potassium hydroxide mount. Fungal infection was confirmed by demonstrating the fungal hyphae in the midst of lymphocytes, macrophages and neutrophils in Leishman stained smears. Culture of both FNAs yielded a heavy and pure growth of Fusarium solani. The patient responded to oral ketoconazole 200 mg once daily for 3 weeks. The breast fusariosis reported here is presumably the first case in India.

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