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Fungemia due to Exophiala dermatitidis

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2010 September, Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 135-139.

Fungemia due to Exophiala dermatitidis

Eun Sun Jeong, Jong Hee Shin, Myung Geun Shin, Soon Pal Suh, Dong Wook Ryang

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea


We report a rare case of fungemia due to Exophiala (Wangiella) dermatitidis in a 4-month-old female infant who was admitted to an intensive care unit with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). E. dermatitidiswas repeatedly isolated from blood cultures (on the 28th and 32nd day of hospitalization) of the patient, who died on the 44th day of hospitalization. The fungus was identified by its morphological characteristics and DNA sequencing of both the D1/D2 domain and the ITS region of rDNA. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of E. dermatitidis fungemia in Korea. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2010;13: 135-139)


Exophiala (Wangiella) dermatitidis, Fungemia, ITS, Sequencing