Journal Article

Unsuspected <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> Empyema in a Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

Maria Agnes Dawis, Edward J. Bottone, Adrianna Vlachos and Margaret H. Burroughs

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 9, pages e37-e39
Published in print May 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/339960
Unsuspected Toxoplasma gondii Empyema in a Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

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Toxoplasma gondii is an opportunistic parasite that can cause severe disease in immunosuppressed individuals. We report a case of unsuspected T. gondii empyema in a bone marrow transplant recipient that was diagnosed by the visualization of numerous intracellular and extracellular tachyzoites in Giemsa- and Gram-stained smears. The patient was treated with pyrimethamine, sulfadiazine, clindamycin, and atovaquone, and she survived 110 days after diagnosis, despite having a large parasite burden.

Journal Article.  1370 words.  Illustrated.

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

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