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DISSEMINATED BLASTOMYCOSIS IN AN INFANT

Walsh, Catharine M. MD*; Morris, Shaun K. MD*; Brophy, Jason C. MD, FRCPC, DTM; Hiraki, Linda T. MD*; Richardson, Susan E. MD, FRCPC; Allen, Upton D. MBBS, MSc, FAAP, FRCPC

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: July 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 7 - p 656-658
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000225792.19904.87
Brief Reports

Blastomycosis is an uncommon life-threatening disease caused by the dimorphic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. Estimates of the percentage of cases occurring in children range from 2% to 11%, and it is exceedingly rare in individuals less than 1 year of age. We present the case of an otherwise healthy infant with disseminated blastomycosis acquired in Northern Ontario and a brief review of the pediatric literature.

From the *Department of Paediatrics, the †Division of Infectious Disease, and the ‡Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Accepted for publication April 27, 2006.

Address for correspondence: Catharine M. Walsh, MD, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1 × 8 Canada; E-mail: catharine.walsh@utoronto.ca.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.