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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 189-190

Empyema thoracis with Candida tropicals


Department of Microbiology and Surgery, Himalayan Institute of Medical Science, Jolly Grant 248 140, Dehradun

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B Chatterjee
Department of Microbiology and Surgery, Himalayan Institute of Medical Science, Jolly Grant 248 140, Dehradun

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ABSTRACT: A case of esophageal perforation with esophago-pleural fistula, presumptively of tuberculous origin, developed a thoracic empyema from which Candida tropicalis was repeatedly isolated in very large numbers. The patients ultimately recovered with tube thoracostomy, esophageal diversion and anti-tuberculosis therapy. No antifungal chemotherapy was used during the entire illness. Candida tropicalis in this case was a potentially valuable diagnostic clue to the presence of an abnormal communication between the gastro-intestinal tract and the pleural cavity.






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