Fungemia due to Rhodotorula mucilaginosa after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

ArticleinTransplant Infectious Disease 14(1):91-4 · April 2011with15 Reads
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3062.2011.00647.x · Source: PubMed
Rhodotorula species have been increasingly recognized as emerging pathogens, particularly in immunocompromised patients. We herein report on a patient with myelodysplastic syndrome who developed fungemia due to Rhodotorula mucilaginosa after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from an unrelated donor. He developed severe acute graft-versus-host disease requiring high-dose steroids, and had serially been administered fluconazole and micafungin for the prophylaxis of fungal infection. Although several cases of Rhodotorula infection after HSCT have been reported, all of them were recipients of autologous HSCT, not allogeneic HSCT. A review of all the reported cases of Rhodotorula infection after HSCT revealed that all patients had received fluconazole or echinocandins before the onset of infection. The findings suggest that Rhodotorula species could be causative yeasts, particularly in patients receiving fluconazole or echinocandins, both of which are inactive against the species.
    • "Susceptibility testing has yielded amphotericin B MICs of <1 mg/L and flucytosine MICs of <0.5 mg/L, but fluconazole MICs of >32 mg/L and voriconazole, itraconazole and posaconazole median MICs of 2 mg/L, which is above the breakpoints for not only Candida albicans but also Aspergillus fumigatus [153][154][155][156][157]. Hence, Rhodotorula species are regarded as intrinsically resistant to azoles and echinocandins, but susceptible to amphotericin B and flucytosine [153,158,159]. This is further supported by the finding that many cases have been breakthrough infections during fluconazole or echinocandin treatment [131,147,148]. Consequently, the preferred treatment of choice is with any kind of amphotericin B preparation. "
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    • "Solid organ transplant [66] 1 R. glutinis Liver cirrhosis [67] 1 R. glutinis Acute lymphoid leukemia [68] 1 R. mucilaginosa MS/BMT [69] "
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    • "MIC to amphotericin B was relatively high (1.5 mg/L), whereas the strain was resistant to fluconazole , posaconazole and voriconazole according to the revised break points for Candida spp [37]. Echinocandins appeared completely inactive, as previously described [11, 12, 29, 38]. Our patient was also receiving fluconazole as prophylaxis. "
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