Journal Article

<i>Absidia corymbifera</i> Infections in Neonates

Sanjiv B. Amin, Rita M. Ryan, Leon A. Metlay and Wendy J. Watson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 4, pages 990-992
Published in print April 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Absidia corymbifera Infections in Neonates

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We report the first two documented cases of neonatal zygomycosis caused by Absidia corymbifera. A premature infant developed disseminated disease from a cutaneous site with pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and cerebral involvement. The infant died despite amphotericin B therapy and surgical debridement. The second case occurred in a full-term infant with congenital heart disease and fungal pneumonitis. Zygomycosis was not suspected because of underlying cardiac disease and a complicated postoperative course, and this infant also died. Absidia joins a growing list of opportunistic fungal pathogens of the compromised neonate.

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