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Korean J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2001 Apr;8(1):137-141. Korean. Case Report.
Joo SW , Yoon WS , Kook H , Cho CY , Choi YY , Hwang TJ , Shin JH .
Department of Pediatrics, Chonnam National University Medical School, Kwangju, Korea.
Clinical Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Kwangju, Korea.

Pichia ohmeri is an yeast-like fungus used in the food industry for fermentation. This organism has been implicated in human disease only in a few case reports. We describe herewith two cases of Pichia ohmeri fungemia in immunocompromised pediatric patients with central venous catheters. A 7-year-old patient with Burkitt's lymphoma undergoing chemotherapy and a newborn with low birth weight developed fungemia during hospitalizations. Both patients were receiving parenteral nutrition through central venous catheters. Both patients succumbed despite empiric treatment with amphotericin B in Case 1. A brief review of the literature ensues with the case reports.

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