Cryptococcal disease presenting as necrotizing cellulitis in transplant recipients: Case report

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  • Disseminated cryptococcosis uncommonly presents with skin lesions in immunocompromised hosts. Necrotizing fasciitis, necrotizing vasculitis, myositis, or necrotizing soft tissue infection are even more rare presentations. We report 3 cases of cryptococcal necrotizing soft tissue infection, 2 in renal transplant patients, and 1 in a heart transplant patient, and discuss similar cases from the literature. Cryptococcus neoformans should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cellulitis or necrotizing soft tissue infections in immunocompromised patients. © 2009 John Wiley & Sons AS.
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    Author List

  • Baer S; Baddley JW; Gnann JW; Pappas PG
  • Start Page

  • 353
  • End Page

  • 358
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 4