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A Case Report of a Dactylaria Fungal Infection in a Lung Transplant Patient*

Joseph E. Mazur, PharmD; Marc A. Judson, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Pharmacy (Dr. Mazur) and Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Judson), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Correspondence to: Marc A. Judson, MD, FCCP, Department of Medicine: Pulmonary, 96 Jonathan Lucas St, PO Box 250623, Charleston, SC 29425



Chest. 2001;119(2):651-653. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.651
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Dematiaceous fungi such as Dactylaria gallopava are becoming more prevalent in transplant patients, with 50% of outcomes being fatal. In this report, we describe a 32-year-old woman who presented with swelling in the right shoulder area and right lateral neck. On further investigation with a CT scan, a fluid collection in the shoulder was identified, drained, and subsequently grew D gallopava. We report the successful treatment of an invasive Dactylaria infection in a lung transplant patient predominantly by medical chemotherapy, although surgical incision and drainage was performed on one of the fungal lesions.

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