Disseminated acanthamoebiasis after lung transplantation

Alexander Duarte, Farooq Sattar, Bruno Granwehr, Judith Aronson, Zhiqin Wang, Scott Lick

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Abstract

Protozoan infections in organ transplant recipients are rare. We report a fatal case of disseminated acanthamoebiasis in a bilateral lung transplant recipient that presented with cutaneous lesions, respiratory failure, and seizures. Acanthamoeba infection may be identified in transplant recipients with exposure to water who develop non-healing cutaneous ulcers with granulomatous inflammation. Cutaneous lesions are the initial manifestation of infection and a harbinger of dissemination. Early institution of combination anti-microbial therapy is therefore necessary for effective treatment and prevention of lethal spread to the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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