Disseminated Conidiobolus infection with endocarditis in a cocaine abuser

P. B. Jaffey, A. K. Haque, M. El-Zaatari, L. Pasarell, M. R. McGinnis

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A crack cocaine abuser developed disseminated infection caused by a species of Conidiobolus not known to cause disease in vertebrates. The fungus gained entry via skin abrasions on the lower extremities, spread through the hematogenous route, and caused endocarditis. There was evidence of fungal infection in the lungs, heart, kidneys, skeletal muscles, and brain. An additional complication was extensive rhabdomyolysis, with a marked elevation of creatine kinase of up to 1.2 million U/L.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1276-1278
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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