Severe Cutaneous Candidiasis in a Liver Transplant Patient

P Badiee, H Jafarian, S A` Malek-Hosseini, F Ghasemi

Abstract


Candida infections are common diseases in immunocompromised patients. A 19-year-old boy with liver transplantation, necrotic skin lesion, jaundice, dyspnea, and ascites was admitted to Namazi Hospital, Shiraz, southern Iran. The mycological examination for the skin lesion was requested. The skin sample was cultured on Sabouraud dextrose agar and evaluated by direct microscopic smear. Identification of isolated yeast was performed with RFLP-PCR. In direct smear, pseudohyphae, blastopores and yeasts were observed. Candida species was isolated from the media and identified as Candida albicans by molecular method. He died before starting any treatments. A skin lesion may present as the only sign of a systemic fungal infection in immunocompromised people. Careful attention and follow up are therefore recommended.

Keywords


Candida albicans; Liver transplantation; Fungal infection

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 pISSN: 2008-6489
 eISSN: 2008-6490