Rebecca M. Wurtz, MD; William N. Knospe, MD
Malassezia furfur is a lipophilic yeast that causes the superficial skin mycosis, tinea versicolor. Only recently has M. furfur been recognized as a cause of deep-tissue infections. Twenty-five cases of M. furfur isolation from the blood, three cases from lung biopsies, and one case each from the peritoneal cavity and from the maxillary sinus have been reported (1-8). All cases of M. furfur fungemia have had two common factors: the patient was receiving lipid hyperalimentation and had a central venous or arterial catheter. We report the case of a patient with neither a central catheter nor a history of parenteral
Wurtz RM, Knospe WN. Malassezia furfur Fungemia in a Patient without the Usual Risk Factors. Ann Intern Med. ;109:432–433. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-5-432
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(5):432-433.
Infectious Disease, Multi-Organ Failure and Sepsis, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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