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February 1986

Disseminated Macronodular Cutaneous Candidiasis in Chronic Alcoholism

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(2):385-386. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360140225032

• Disseminated candidiasis usually occurs in profoundly immunocompromised hosts. We describe a case of disseminated macronodular cutaneous candidiasis in a man with no known risk for immunosuppression other than alcoholic liver disease and a second case of multiple macronodular cutaneous abscesses in an alcoholic man who had no evidence of systemic dissemination. One patient had testicular candidiasis, a previously unreported site of infection in disseminated candidiasis. Tests showed neutrophil and lymphocyte function to be normal; however, a marked defect in serum opsonization was demonstrated in one patient. It is postulated that chronic alcoholism with alcoholic liver disease resulted in impaired serum opsonization, which, in turn, predisposed these patients to candidal infection.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:385-386)

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