Disseminated Aspergillosis in the Immunocompetent Host: A Case Report and Literature Review

Shinhye Cheon, Min Kyu Yang, Chung Jong Kim, Taek Soo Kim, Kyoung Ho Song, Se Joon Woo, Eu Suk Kim, Kyoung Un Park, Hong Bin Kim

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Abstract

Disseminated aspergillosis is very rare in immunocompetent hosts and is typically associated with a poor prognosis. We describe the case of a 66-year-old, immunocompetent man who developed pneumonia, endophthalmitis and probable spondylitis caused by Aspergillus species. The patient was successfully treated with antifungal drugs. We reviewed the English-language literature between 1980 and 2012 for disseminated aspergillosis cases in immunocompetent hosts, using the keywords “dissemin*” and “aspergillo*.” Disseminated aspergillosis in immunocompetent hosts is very rare in the literature. However, awareness of possible dissemination of Aspergillus spp. is necessary in patients who have a probable lung lesion and in cases with unusual presentation of a disseminated infection, even if the patient has no risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalMycopathologia
Volume180
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Disseminated aspergillosis
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Immunocompetent host
  • Spondylitis

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