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Mayo Clin Proc. 1980 Apr;55(4):258-60.

Rhodotorula septicemia: two cases and a review of the literature.


Rhodotorula glutinis var. glutinis was isolated from the blood of two patients who were seriously ill and required long-term intravenous therapy. Although both isolates were sensitive to amphotericin B and 5-fluorocytosine, neither patient received antifungal therapy. One of the two patients died, but Rhodotorula was not recovered at autopsy. Review of the literature shows that Rhodotorula septicemia is often associated with contamination of intravenous infusion equipment, resulting in toxemia and hypotension. Initial therapy for fungemia should consist of removal of infected cannulas and fluid replacement. If fungemia persists, antifungal drug therapy should be considered.

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