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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318198d8a6
Case Reports

Rhodotorula and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Native Hip Joint Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis

Bush, Larry M. MD, FACP*‡; Chaparro-Rojas, Fredy MD§; Perez, Maria T. MD, FCAP†

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Recent medical literature has brought to light the emergence of several fungal isolates as important pathogens. Many of these organisms previously believed to be nonpathogenic, or at best of low virulence, are now found to be important causes of morbidity and mortality, particularly in patients with severe underlying illnesses and compromised host defenses. The yeast-fungus, Rhodotorula, mostly associated with cases of fungemia, qualifies as such a pathogen. We describe a case of septic native hip joint arthritis and osteomyelitis due to coinfection with R. mucilaginosa and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a nonimmunocompromised man.

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