Management of injuries caused by Cryptococcus neoformans--contaminated needles.


Journal Article

This report describes four skin-puncture accidents with needles that were heavily contaminated with Cryptococcus neoformans. In one accident, delayed administration of antifungal drugs resulted in a granuloma of the finger. In the other three accidents, no skin infection followed immediate prophylaxis with oral fluconazole. Our experience suggests that early therapy with fluconazole is a reasonable means of managing skin injuries caused by instruments contaminated with viable C. neoformans.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Casadevall, A; Mukherjee, J; Yuan, R; Perfect, J

Published Date

  • November 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 951 - 953

PubMed ID

  • 7893887

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7893887

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1058-4838

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/clinids/19.5.951


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States