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Clin Infect Dis. 1993 Jan;16(1):118-22.

Fatal disseminated infection with Aspergillus terreus in immunocompromised hosts.

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Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

Abstract

Aspergillus terreus is widespread in the environment but only uncommonly infects humans. It can cause cutaneous and subcutaneous infections, and several cases of local invasive disease have been reported; to our knowledge, however, only five cases of disseminated disease have been documented previously. We describe here four additional patients with disseminated disease caused by A. terreus. All four had an underlying hematologic or lymphoreticular malignancy, were immunocompromised secondary to prolonged neutropenia or immunosuppressive therapy, and had invasive pulmonary disease (a circumstance supporting a respiratory route of infection). Despite treatment with amphotericin B, all four patients died. When recovered from clinical specimens, A. terreus should not routinely be dismissed as a saprobe, particularly in immunocompromised hosts.

PMID:
8448286
DOI:
10.1093/clinids/16.1.118
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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