Fatal sporotrichosis

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner (Impact Factor: 0.72). 11/2006; 78(4):253-6.
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Disseminated sporotrichosis is a serious fungal infection caused by the soil inhabitant Sporothrix schenckii. It is seen in immunocompromised patients, with a substantial number of recent cases involving patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, individuals with other conditions that affect the immune system also are at increased risk. We report a case of fatal disseminated sporotrichosis in a patient with liver disease and a diagnosis of a granulomatous condition presumed to be sarcoidosis; the patient was receiving systemic corticosteroid therapy. The various presentations of S schenckii infection, the risk of disseminated disease in immunocompromised hosts, and the importance of making accurate histologic diagnoses are reviewed.

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