Ronald Fishbach, M.D.; Sydney Finegold, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Geotrichum candidum, a ubiquitous saprophytic fungus, is an infrequently recognized opportunistic invader. Three cases of bronchopulmonary geotrichosis were seen in a 3-month period, suggesting that such infections may be commoner than previously appreciated. A 54-year-old white man with rheumatic heart disease, congestive heart failure, and bronchopneumonia was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. Although bacteria were eradicated, pure cultures of G. candidum were obtained from tracheal aspirates and pleural fluid. Despite therapy with intravenous sodium iodide, the patient died. Sections of the lung showed aggregates of budding Geotrichum in microabscesses throughout both lungs. A 62-year-old negro man who was being given azathioprine
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Fishbach R, Finegold S. Bronchopulmonary Geotrichosis in the Compromised Host.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:872. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-872_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):872.
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