Journal Article

Cluster of Pulmonary Infections Caused by <i>Cunninghamella bertholletiae</i> in Immunocompromised Patients

Volker Rickerts, Angelika Böhme, Achim Viertel, Gabriele Behrendt, Volkmar Jacobi, Kathrin Tintelnot and Gudrun Just-Nübling

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 4, pages 910-913
Published in print October 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/318144
Cluster of Pulmonary Infections Caused by Cunninghamella bertholletiae in Immunocompromised Patients

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Cunninghamella bertholletiae is a rare cause of pulmonary mucormycosis. We describe a cluster of invasive pulmonary infections caused by C. bertholletiae in 4 immunocompromised patients that occurred during a 2-year period at 1 center. Three of the patients were receiving antifungal prophylaxis with itraconazole. Presenting symptoms were fever unresponsive to antibacterial chemotherapy, hemoptysis, and infiltrates on chest radiograms. Three patients were treated with liposomal amphotericin B. Only 1 patient survived.

Journal Article.  2625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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