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Candida albicans Skin Abscess in a Heart Transplant Recipient: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Florescu, Diana F. MD*; Brostrom, Sara E. MD; Dumitru, Ioana MD; Kalil, Andre C. MD*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 243-246
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181debcac
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We describe the first case of a Candida albicans subcutaneous abscess in a heart transplant recipient. The patient had several risk factors for fungal infections (long-term immunosuppressive medication, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and chronic antibiotic treatment). He was successfully treated with abscess aspiration and oral fluconazole. We want to raise the awareness of Candida cellulitis and abscess in transplant patients who do not respond to antibiotic therapy.

From the *Infectious Diseases Section, †Department of Internal Medicine and ‡Cardiology Section, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Reprints: Diana F Florescu, MD, Transplant Infectious Diseases Program, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5400. E-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.