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Disseminated protothecosis following traumatic Hickman line removal in a patient with leukaemia

Gaur, Soma, Marrin, Ceri Ann and Barnes, Rosemary Ann 2010. Disseminated protothecosis following traumatic Hickman line removal in a patient with leukaemia. Medical Mycology 48 (2) , pp. 410-412. 10.3109/13693780903188698

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Abstract

Human protothecosis is a rare infection caused by a member of the genus Prototheca, an ubiquitous alga. Traumatic inoculation can cause infections in the immunocompetent host while disseminated infection is mainly seen in patients with compromised immunity. We report here an unusual case of disseminated infection in a cancer patient. Traumatic removal of a Hickman catheter in this patient, led to the development of a severe skin and subcutaneous tissue infection with algaemia. These infections are often indolent and difficult to treat, with paucity of information available as to guidelines for diagnosis and effective therapeutic options.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Protothecosis, infection, disseminated, leukaemia, voriconazole
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1369-3786
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25955

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