Trichosporon species and fusarium species as a cause of empyema thoracis in a diabetic patient

Nousheen Iqbal, Muhammad Ammar, Muhammad Irfan, Kauser Jabeen

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Of late, fungal infections are increasingly being recognized in diabetic patients. Here we present a case of polymicrobial fungal empyema due to Trichosporon species and Fusarium species developed after community-acquired pneumonia in a diabetic patient. Trichosporon species are basidiomycetous yeast and Fusarium species are soil saprophytes with a worldwide distribution. Fungal empyema cases are rare and are mostly caused by Aspergillus and Candida species. Polymicrobial fungal empyema with Trichosporon species and Fusarium species has not been reported previously. Our patient was successfully treated with antifungal therapy. This case highlights that fungal empyema should be considered in diabetic patients especially if they are not responding to antibiotics.

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Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

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NameSection of Pulmonary & Critical Care

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