An outbreak of Dipodascus capitatus infection in the ICU: Three case reports and review of the literature

Ersoz G. , Otag F., Erturan Z., Aslan G., Kaya A., Emekdas G., ...Daha Fazla

JAPANESE JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, cilt.57, ss.248-252, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 57 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.248-252


A mini epidemic of Dipodascus capitatus (teleomorph of Geotrichum capitation) involving three cases is reported. The index case was pulmonary infection and a fulminant course of fungal infection, which resulted in the patient's death with acute myelocytic leukemia. In the other cases, the patients were simultaneously hospitalized, the first in the intensive care unit. In all cases, D. capitatus was identified in different samples (sputum, deep tracheal aspiration, blood, and urine) from each of the patients. Growing evidence indicates that D. capitatus should be added to the lengthening list of opportunistic fungal pathogens that can cause infection in people of all ages and particularly in those who are immunocompromised. Further, the danger of cross-contamination and potential "outbreak" should be kept in mind during hospital management.