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Colletotrichum species as emerging opportunistic fungal pathogens: a report of 3 cases of phaeohyphomycosis and review.
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PMID:  11423835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Numerous etiologic agents of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis have been reported. Colletotrichum spp, common plant pathogens, have been reported as a cause of ocular keratomycosis, but only one previous case of cutaneous disease (hyalohyphomycosis) has been attributed to this genus. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to describe 3 cases of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis due to Colletotrichum spp occurring in patients undergoing chemotherapy for hematologic malignancies. METHODS: Three cases of Colletotrichum-induced phaeohyphomycosis are reviewed. The clinical and histologic features of this infection are presented, the antifungal susceptibilities are reported, and treatment options are discussed. RESULTS: We describe the first report in which C coccodes and C gloeosporioides are implicated as etiologic agents of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis. Despite treatment, one patient died after the onset of visceral fungal disease. CONCLUSION: Colletotrichum spp may cause life-threatening phaeohyphomycosis in immunosuppressed patients. Prompt recognition and intervention with surgical and antifungal treatment may result in decreased morbidity and mortality associated with these infections.
R P O'Quinn; J L Hoffmann; A S Boyd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-25     Completed Date:  2001-07-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine (Dermatology), Vanderbilt University, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
Colletotrichum / pathogenicity*
Fatal Outcome
Hematologic Neoplasms / complications*,  microbiology
Immunocompromised Host
Middle Aged
Mycoses / pathology*,  therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antifungal Agents

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