Fungal Mastoiditis in immunocompromised children

Slack, Christopher L., Watson, Daniel W., Abzug, Mark J., Shaw, Cameron and Chan, Kenny H. 1999, Fungal Mastoiditis in immunocompromised children, Archives of otolaryngology: Head & neck surgery, vol. 125, no. 1, pp. 73-75.

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Title Fungal Mastoiditis in immunocompromised children
Author(s) Slack, Christopher L.
Watson, Daniel W.
Abzug, Mark J.
Shaw, Cameron
Chan, Kenny H.
Journal name Archives of otolaryngology: Head & neck surgery
Volume number 125
Issue number 1
Start page 73
End page 75
Total pages 3
Publisher American Medical Association
Place of publication Chicago, Il.
Publication date 1999-01
ISSN 0886-4470
Keyword(s) aspergillus
child
fungus diseases
Immunocompromised host
mastoiditis
mycoses
Summary The immunocompromised host is subject to a variety of opportunistic infections. Mycotic infections, including invasive fungal sinusitis, are a dreaded complication in immune deficient children. Fungal mastoiditis has rarely been described in this population. Our experience with 2 cases of fungal mastoiditis in immunocompromised children is reviewed. Case histories describing aggressive medical management with and without surgical intervention and a review of the literature are presented.Fungal mastoiditis is a rare entity described in isolated case reports in the adult literature. It is seen almost entirely in immunocompromised patients, particularly those lacking cell-mediated immunity. The first case of Aspergillus mastoiditis was described in 1985.1 Reports of fungal mastoiditis have been primarily of patients with leukemia, and, more recently, of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.2,3 Using a computerized search of the MEDLINE database, we identified 1 report (in a non–English language journal) of fungal mastoiditis in a pediatric patient.4 We report 2 cases of fungal mastoiditis in immunosuppressed children.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©1999, American Medical Association
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