Diagnosis of fungemia in bone marrow transplantation patients by examination of peripheral blood smears

T. Y. Chao, C. C. Kuo, E. J. Hseuh, Y. F. Yang, C. C. Wang

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Abstract

Two patients who received BMT for treatment of severe aplastic anemia and AML-M2, developed fungemia during leukopenia. The organisms responsible for the infections were Candida parapsilosis and Rhodotorula glutinis, respectively. Early diagnosis of fungemia in these two patients was made by visualization of fungal blastospores in peripheral blood (PB) smears. These two cases illustrate that cytologic examination of PB smears is a useful method for early detection of fungus infection in BMT patients with leukopenia and unexplained fever in spite of appropriate antibiotic treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-649
Number of pages3
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Volume14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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