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September 1980

Intra-abdominal Abscess and Fungemia Caused by Candida krusei

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Gordon, Simmons, and Aber) and Pathology (Dr Appelbaum), Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(9):1239-1240. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330200115032

• A 73-year-old man with chronic lymphocytic leukemia experienced an intra-abdominal abscess caused by Candida krusei. Treatment with drainage alone led to dissemination of the infection and resultant C krusei fungemia. The fungemia responded to therapy with amphotericin B, but the patient died of multisystem failure. We stress the rarity of intra-abdominal infection and fungemia with this organism and the necessity for treatment of candidal intra-abdominal infection with antifungal agents.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1239-1240, 1980)