JAVIER GARAU, M.D.; RICHARD D. DIAMOND, M.D.; LAWRENCE B. LAGROTTERIA, D.D.S.; SHERWIN A. KABINS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Species of Alternaria are ubiquitous airborne and soil fungi that are frequent laboratory contaminants and often isolated from normal skin. The spores are allergenic to man. Hitherto, human infections appeared limited to the skin and
nails (1-3). We report a case of Alternaria maxillary osteomyelitis in a young, otherwise healthy woman.
A 23-year-old woman experienced intermittent bilateral nasal obstruction for 2 years. One year later, she had increased difficulty in breathing through the left nostril associated with sneezing and a nasal discharge. She had moderate improvement after a submucous resection for "nasal mucosal polypoid hyperplasia." Chronic nasal irritation and partial
GARAU J, DIAMOND RD, LAGROTTERIA LB, et al. Alternaria Osteomyelitis. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:747–748. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-747
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(6):747-748.
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