, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 228-230
Date: 14 Jan 2004

Fatal, complete splenic infarction and hepatic infection due to disseminated Trichosporon beigelii infection

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Abstract

We report on a 56-year-old woman with acute lymphocytic leukemia who presented with right upper quadrant pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Laboratory studies confirmed fungemia with Trichosporum beigelii, and contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the abdomen demonstrated numerous low-attenuation liver lesions and a hypodense spleen with capsular enhancement suggestive of complete splenic infarction. Subsequent splenectomy confirmed that the spleen was completely infarcted and infiltrated with Trichosporum. The patient had a difficult postoperative course and died despite aggressive antifungal therapy.