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Disseminated histoplasmosis successfully treated with liposomal amphotericin B following azathioprine therapy in a patient from a nonendemic area.

Authors
  • Poveda, F
  • García-Alegría, J
  • de las Nieves, M A
  • Villar, E
  • Montiel, N
  • del Arco, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology
Publication Date
May 01, 1998
Volume
17
Issue
5
Pages
357–359
Identifiers
PMID: 9721967
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Histoplasma infections in Europe are rare, and acute disseminated histoplasmosis has been observed only in immunocompromised persons. An unusual case of autochthonous disseminated histoplasmosis in a 22-year-old Spanish man who had been treated with azathioprine and prednisone for 4 weeks before admission is reported. The development of an acute form of the disease may represent an endogenous reactivation of a latent infection as a complication of immunosuppression resulting from the use of these drugs. This case illustrates the potential risk of this opportunistic fungal infection in patients receiving azathioprine therapy, an association that has been rarely described before.

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