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A Case of Allergic Fungal Sinusitis due to Curvularia

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2010 June, Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 98-101.

A Case of Allergic Fungal Sinusitis due to Curvularia

Hae-Sun Chung1, Jang Ho Lee1, Hyo Yeol Kim2, Nam Yong Lee1
Departments of 1Laboratory Medicine and Genetics, and 2Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) is a noninvasive form of fungal rhinosinusitis resulting from an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reaction. The diagnosis of AFS can be established by demonstrating type I hypersensitivity, presence of fungus in mucus, eosinophilic mucin, nasal polyposis, and characteristic CT scans. Although AFS is not unusual and its incidence may be increasing, few cases have been reported in Korea. Here, we report the first case of typical AFS in which Curvularia species was isolated by culture. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2010;13:98-101)


Allergic fungal sinusitis, Curvularia species