Pinna, Antonio <1963- > and Carta, Francesco and Zanetti, Stefania Anna Lucia and Sanna, Silvana and Sechi, Leonardo Antonio (2001) Endogenous Rhodotorula minuta and Candida albicans endophthalmitis in an injecting drug user. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 85 (6), p. 754-760. eISSN 1468-2079. Article.
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Although still uncommon, endogenous fungal endophthalmitis has increased notably owing to widespread use of immunosuppressive therapy, hyperalimentation, and injecting drug use. Candida is the most common causative organism with isolated cases of Aspergillus reported. Rhodotorula species are ubiquitous, airborne, asporogenous yeasts recovered from food, air, soil, water, gastrointestinal tracts, and skin. Rhodotorula spp are usually environmental saprophytes; however, they may seldom cause both systemic and ocular infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. Reported ocular infections include chronic dacryocystitis, keratitis, chronic postoperative endophthalmitis, and corneal lamellar graft infection. We report a case of endogenous Rhodotorula minuta and Candida albicans endophthalmitis in an injecting drug user.
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