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A Case of Pichia anomala Detected Incidentally in Peripheral Blood Smear

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2005 June Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 94-98.


https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2005.08.1.94

A Case of Pichia anomala Detected Incidentally in Peripheral Blood Smear

Woon Bo Heo, You Kyung Kim, Nan Young Lee, and Won Kil Lee*

Department of Clinical Pathology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

Nosocomial opportunistic infections including fungal infections continue to increase with a longer survival of immunocompromised patients. Disseminated candidiasis is the most common nosocomial fungal infection and the frequency of isolation of non-Candida albicans organisms besides C. albicans is increasing as causative organisms. We detected numerous yeast cells incidentally in a peripheral blood smear of an infant with congenital heart disease who was treated with total parenteral nutrition and catheterization, and had a history of antibiotics use during a long hospitalization period. Pichia anomala was isolated from the blood and pleural effusion. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2005;8(1):94-98)

Keywords

Opportunistic infection, Fungi, Pichia anomala, Catheterization, Total parenteral nutrition