Fungal rhinosinusitis in Kuwait: a 14-year retrospective analysis of the aetiologic spectrum

Z. Khan, S. Ahmad, R. Chandy, L. Joseph, D. Farhat, S. Al-Hajri

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Safat, Jabriya, Jabrya, KW


Objective: Fungal rhinosinusitis, once considered an uncommon disorder, is now being increasingly recognized worldwide. In the present study, we have analyzed the etiologic spectrum of fungi isolated from clinical material obtained from patients with rhinosinusitis over a 14-year period (January 1996 - October 2009) in Kuwait. Methods: All the clinical specimens (nasal tissues, curettages/washings and swabs) received from different hospitals in Kuwait were cultured on Sabouraud dextrose agar supplemented with chloramphenicol. The identity of the isolates was established by typical phenotypic characteristics following the standard procedures. The molecular identification of the isolates was carried out by PCR amplification using panfungal primers and sequencing of the amplified products. Repeated isolations of the same fungus from an individual patient were excluded from the analysis. Results: Fungal isolates from 83 patients with rhinosinusitis were analyzed. The age of these patients ranged between 3-70-years, 7% of them were

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20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • ECCMID 20th (2010)