Isolated cryptococcal thoracic empyema with osteomyelitis of the rib in an immunocompetent host

Wei Chou Chang, Ching Tzao, Hsian He Hsu, Hon Chang, Chung Ping Lo, Cheng Yu Chen

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Abstract

Cryptococcal thoracic empyema is extremely rare and has been described almost always in immunocompromised patients with pulmonary or disseminated cryptococcosis. To our knowledge, isolated cryptococcal thoracic empyema with rib osteomyelitis has never been reported in an immunocompetent patient. We herein present such a case. Computed tomographic (CT) scan suggested the diagnosis of thoracic empyema in association with adjacent rib osteomyelitis, confirmed by postoperative histological examination. Surgical debridement followed by appropriate antifungal therapy achieved a complete eradication of the infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Infection
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Empyema
  • Immunocompetent patient
  • Osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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