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Med J Malaysia. 2007 Aug;62(3):247-8.

Spontaneous splenic rupture secondary to phaeyohyphomycosis and splenic abscesses.

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Division of Paediatric Surgery, University Malaya Medical Centre, 50603 Kuala Lumpur.


Phaeohyphomycosis consists of a group of mycotic infections characterized by the presence of dematiaceous (dark walled) septate hyphae. Splenic abscess and spontaneous rupture is an infrequent complication in children with haematological malignancies and can be life threatening. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of a case of splenic rupture following the development of multiple abscesses secondary to infestation by this rare fungal species.

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