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Currently submitted to: JMIR Dermatology

Date Submitted: Jul 27, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Jul 27, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

A Unique Case of Cutaneous Cunninghamella infection in an Immunocompromised Patient

  • Mauricio Portillo; 
  • Shyam Allamaneni; 
  • Richard Goodman; 

ABSTRACT

Cunninghamella species are an extremely rare cause of fungal infections. The usual mode of transmission is through inhalation however rare cases of cutaneous spread have been reported. The objective of this clinical case report is to highlight the uniqueness of which the patient acquired the infection, the progression, and control of it. A 57-year-old male with chronic lymphocytic leukemia was found to have an abscess next to his peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line. The abscess culture grew back Cunninghamella and was debrided and treated with a novel antifungal. The fungal infection was controlled and the total timeframe took 28 days. Rapid recognition and prompt treatment demonstrate the prevention of rapidly progressive angioinvasian and further systemic complications. This case also proves that a novel antifungal may be appropriate in controlling the spread of Cunninghamella species.


 Citation

Please cite as:

Portillo M, Allamaneni S, Goodman R

A Unique Case of Cutaneous Cunninghamella infection in an Immunocompromised Patient

JMIR Preprints. 27/07/2020:22935

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.22935

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/22935

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