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June 1987

Fungal Maxillary Sinusitis Caused by Curvularia lunata

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Drs Nishioka and Aufdemorte), Pathology (Drs Schwartz and Rinaldi), and Otorhinolaryngology (Dr Mackie), The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(6):665-666. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860060091022

• Recently, reports have surfaced in which saprobic fungi, as well as fungi pathogenic for plants, seem to be evolving as human pathogens. While the bulk of infected patients are immunocompromised, many individuals appear to be immunocompetent. To our knowledge, this is the second known published case of maxillary sinusitis caused by Curvularia lunata in an immunocompetent patient. An interesting feature of this case is that the patient was treated with only surgery (débridement and irrigation) with complete resolution and no recurrence.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:665-666)

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