Disseminated Sporothix schenckii in a patient with AIDS

Susan Hardman*, I. Stephenson, D. R. Jenkins, M. J. Wiselka, E. M. Johnson

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Abstract

Sporothrix schenckii is a widespread dimorphic fungus which can cause cutaneous infection following local implantation. Disseminated sporotrichosis may occur in immunodeficient individuals but meningitis remains a rare complication. Diagnosis is usually difficult, requiring isolation of the organism from the CSF or skin so appropriate treatment can be promptly initiated. We present the first case of S. schenckii meningitis reported in the UK in a patient with AIDS. He presented with insidious features of meningoencephalitis, hydrocephalus and multiple cutaneous lesions and failed to respond to therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e73-e77
JournalJournal of Infection
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Meningitis
  • Sporothrix schenckii

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