Fungal vertebral osteomyelitis due to Scedosporium apiospermum after near-drowning: Case report

Fassil B. Mesfin, Ellis Tobin, Mathew A. Adamo, Darryl DiRisio

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Abstract

Near-drowning predisposes one to infection by the fungus Scedosporium apiospermum, and brain abscess is the most common consequence. Vertebral osteomyelitis due to this organism is exceedingly rare. The authors report on a 43-year-old man who developed fungal spondylodiscitis several weeks after a near-drowning event. The rare nature of this infection led to a delay in diagnosis. A combination of surgical debridement, instrumentation, and antifungal therapy resulted in an excellent outcome at 1 year of follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antifungal therapy
  • Fungus
  • Instrumentation
  • Surgical debridement
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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