Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis in an immunodeficient child treated medically with combination antifungal therapy.

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Journal Article

Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis is a rare fungal infection with a poor prognosis when using conventional antifungal therapy in the absence of neurosurgical intervention. We present a case of a pediatric patient with inoperable Cladophialophora bantiana cerebral abscesses. To our knowledge, this child's case is the first reported to be treated with the combination of the newer triazole voriconazole and the new echinocandin caspofungin. Although our patient subsequently died, the natural rapid progression of the disease seemed to be altered by the antifungal combination alone, in the absence of surgery. Despite the fatal outcome for our patient, we encourage other clinicians to try unique medical approaches for this historically life-threatening infection when adjunctive surgery is impossible.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Trinh, JV; Steinbach, WJ; Schell, WA; Kurtzberg, J; Giles, SS; Perfect, JR

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 339 - 345

PubMed ID

  • 12964727

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12964727

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1460-2709

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-3786

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/369378031000137369

Language

  • eng