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Acute Parotitis Due to Candida glabrata Presenting as Syncope

A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Turin, Christie G., MD*; McCormick, David W., MD, MPH*; Mahesh, Cynthia, MS; Taylor, Addison A., MD, PhD*‡; Hamill, Richard J., MD*‡; Constantine, Gregory, MD*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: January 2019 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 19–21
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000687
Review Articles

Acute suppurative parotitis is commonly caused by bacterial pathogens, with rare cases reported to be secondary to fungal infections. We present a case of Candida parotitis with disseminated infection resulting in carotid sinus hypersensitivity and subsequent syncope. We also present a brief review of literature surrounding this disease and a description of previously reported cases of Candida parotitis. To our knowledge, this is the first case of Candida parotitis presenting with syncope triggered by mechanical compression of the carotid sinus.

From the *Department of Medicine and

School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; and

Medical Care Line, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX.

Correspondence to: Christie G. Turin, MD, More 7200 Cambridge St, 10th Floor, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail:

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

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