Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis

Laci Lafleur, Stacy Beaty, Maria Isabel Colome-Grimmer, Russell Laforte, A. Dearl Dotson

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Abstract

The development of cutaneous cryptococcosis is extremely rare in the human immunodeficiency virus-negative population. The cutaneous manifestations vary greatly, with the rarest presenting as cellulitis. We report a unique case of a 64-year-old woman who had been on prednisone monotherapy for the treatment of myasthenia gravis and subsequently developed cryptococcal cellulitis. This case provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of including cryptococcal cellulitis in the differential diagnosis of cellulitis in a patient on low-dose prednisone who is not responding to empiric antibiotic therapy. Early recognition is cru-cial as cutaneous manifestations are usually the first sign of disseminated cryptococcosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalCutis
Volume74
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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Cellulitis
Myasthenia Gravis
Prednisone
Skin Manifestations
Cryptococcosis
Differential Diagnosis
HIV
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Skin
Therapeutics
Population

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  • Dermatology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Lafleur, L., Beaty, S., Colome-Grimmer, M. I., Laforte, R., & Dotson, A. D. (2004). Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis. Cutis, 74(3), 165-170.

Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis. / Lafleur, Laci; Beaty, Stacy; Colome-Grimmer, Maria Isabel; Laforte, Russell; Dotson, A. Dearl.

In: Cutis, Vol. 74, No. 3, 09.2004, p. 165-170.

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Lafleur, L, Beaty, S, Colome-Grimmer, MI, Laforte, R & Dotson, AD 2004, 'Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis', Cutis, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 165-170.
Lafleur L, Beaty S, Colome-Grimmer MI, Laforte R, Dotson AD. Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis. Cutis. 2004 Sep;74(3):165-170.
Lafleur, Laci ; Beaty, Stacy ; Colome-Grimmer, Maria Isabel ; Laforte, Russell ; Dotson, A. Dearl. / Cryptococcal cellulitis in a patient on prednisone monotherapy for myasthenia gravis. In: Cutis. 2004 ; Vol. 74, No. 3. pp. 165-170.
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