Severe prosthetic joint infection in an immunocompetent male patient due to a therapy refractory Pseudallescheria apiosperma

M Lackner, F H De Man, D Eygendaal, R G F Wintermans, J A Kluytmans, C H Klaassen, J F Meis

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Abstract

Prosthetic joint infections (PJI) are rarely due to fungal agents and if so they are mainly caused by Candida strains. This case represents a PJI caused by a multi-drug resistant Pseudallescheria apiosperma, with poor in vivo response to itraconazole and voriconazole. This case differs also by the way of infection, since the joint infection did not follow a penetrating trauma. In the majority of cases, Scedosporium extremity infections remain local in immunocompetent individuals. We report a persistent joint infection with multiple therapeutic failures, and subsequent amputation of the left leg. Detailed clinical data, patient history, treatment regime and outcome of a very long-lasting (>4 years) P. apiosperma prosthetic knee infection in an immunocompetent, 61-year-old male patient are presented with this case. The patient was finally cured by the combination of multiple and extensive surgical interventions and prolonged antifungal combination therapy with voriconazole and terbinafine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-7
Number of pages6
JournalMycoses
Volume54 Suppl 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

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© 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

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