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Successful Treatment of Disseminated Fusariosis With Ocular Involvement After Chemotherapy for Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Thachil, Jecko MRCP, FRCPath*; Mohandas, Kavya FRCPath†; Sebastian, Rani Theresa MRCS‡

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: January 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 - pp 77-79
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181b2879e
Case Reports

Hematologic malignancies are associated with an increased incidence of fungal infections because of their immunosuppressive nature and the secondary immune dysfunction related to chemotherapy. Aspergillus and Candida are the most common fungi suspected in most of these cases, but other fungi can sometimes cause infection and go unrecognized. In this report, we describe a woman who developed disseminated fusariosis with endophthalmitis and was successfully treated.

From the Departments of *Haematology, and †Microbiology, ‡St Paul's Centre for the Diseases of the Eye, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

Reprints: Jecko Thachil, MRCP, FRCPath, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK. E-mail: jeckothachil@yahoo.co.uk.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.