Neurovascular Complications of Iatrogenic Fusarium solani Meningitis

Nora Strong, Grant Meeks, Sunil A. Sheth, Louise McCullough, Julian A. Villalba, Chunfeng Tan, Andrew Barreto, Audrey Wanger, Michelle McDonald, Peter Kan, Hashem Shaltoni, Jose Campo Maldonado, Victoria Parada, Ameer E. Hassan, Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Tom Chiller, Jeremy A.W. Gold, Dallas J. Smith, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner

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Abstract

A multinational outbreak of nosocomial fusarium meningitis occurred among immunocompetent patients who had undergone surgery with epidural anesthesia in Mexico. The pathogen involved had a high predilection for the brain stem and vertebrobasilar arterial system and was associated with high mortality from vessel injury. Effective treatment options remain limited; in vitro susceptibility testing of the organism suggested that it is resistant to all currently approved antifungal medications in the United States. To highlight the severe complications associated with fusarium infection acquired in this manner, we report data, clinical courses, and outcomes from 13 patients in the outbreak who presented with symptoms after a median delay of 39 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-529
Number of pages8
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume390
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 8 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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