FATAL FUSARIUM INFECTION IN IMMUNOCOMPROMISED CHILD
Fungal infections represent an important complication for immunosupressed patients and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Fusarium infections have been reported with increasing frequency and can be locali- zed, locally invasive or disseminated, depending on the immune status of the host. The authors report the case of a four year old boy, with acute lymphocytic leukemia, in chemotherapy, who presented multiple erythematous nodules that evolved into bullae and central necrosis. Cultures of bullae fluid grew Fusarium spp. Despite treatment with intravenous lipid formulation of amphotericin B and voriconazole, the child died 10 days after appearance of skin lesions.
KEYWORDS – Fusarium; Fusariosis; Immunocompromised Host; Leukemia, Lymphoid.
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