Long-term risk of atypical fungal infection after near-drowning episodes


Garzoni C, Garbino J

Date: 4 December 2008


Letter; no abstract. First two paragraphs: We read with great interest the report and exhaustive review of Leroy et al, who described a fatal case of invasive pulmonary and cerebral aspergillosis after a near-drowning episode in a child. !
!We recently described 2 cases of Scedosporium apiospermum cerebral abscess and spondylodiscitis in adult tsunami survivors after near-drowning episodes. In the case described by Leroy et al, the patient developed the cerebral fungal infection only a few days after the accident. On the contrary, our patients presented neurologic and back-pain symptoms several weeks after the accident. The culture of the cerebral guided computed tomography biopsy and the cultures of the bone biopsy yielded S apiospermum infections, which confirmed the infection in the 2 different body sites.

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