Pharmacological resolution of a multiloculated Candida spp. liver abscess in a preterm neonate.
We report the case of a 31-week gestational age neonate with Candida albicans sepsis and a hepatic abscess. Diagnosis relied on clinical and radiological signs of sepsis, liver function impairment and culture isolation of Candida spp. from sterile sites. Liver ultrasound documented the presence of a multiloculated abscess. Treatment with micafungin (3 mg/kg/day) resulted in normalization of liver function and inflammatory laboratory values and improvement of clinical condition. After 30 days of treatment, the liver abscess resolved and at the 8-month follow up the infant is doing well. Prompt diagnosis and antifungal treatment avoided surgical drainage and liver surgery in this high-risk neonate.
Picone, S; Manzoni, P; Bedetta, M; Mostert, M; Benjamin, DK; Paolillo, P
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