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Med Mycol. 2011 Nov;49(8):879-82. doi: 10.3109/13693786.2011.583694. Epub 2011 May 19.

Rhodotorula fungemia: two cases and a brief review.

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Department of Microbiology, Dr B L Kapur Memorial Hospital, Delhi, India.


Rhodotorula is emerging as an important cause of nosocomial and opportunistic infections. We present two cases of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa fungemia diagnosed over a period of 3 months at our hospital. The first case was of a pre-term neonate in the neonatal ICU who presented with respiratory failure and sepsis. The second involved an adult female who had been injured in a road traffic accident requiring an operation for a hematoma and was later shifted to the medical ICU. For a new hospital like ours, finding two cases of Rhodotorula fungemia within a span of 3 months prompted us to describe them in this report. These cases emphasize the emerging importance of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa as a pathogen and the importance of identification and MIC testing for all fungal isolates recovered from the blood stream.

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