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Korean J Infect Dis. 2001 Aug;33(4):298-301. Korean. Original Article.
Ko YH , Lim DJ , Lee SS , Cho YK , Lee DG , Choi JH , Kim YJ , Min CK , Kim DW , Park JM , Kim CC , Shin WS .
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

Skeletal cryptococcosis is an uncommon infection. Cryptococcus is a common cause of meningitis and infects 7~10% of patients with AIDS. As well as AIDS, the infection may be seen in association with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis and diabetes, also in patients on steroid medication. But there is no case report of skeletal cryptococcosis following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A 40-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of low back pain. She had chronic myelogenous leukemia for 2 years and underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation 8 months ago. She have been treated with steroid and cyclosporine orally because of chronic graft versus host disease. On examination she was afebrile and had posterior lower lumbar tenderness. But, she had no reduced strength of low extremities. Open biopsy was underwent. Histology demonstrated budding, round-to-oval, refractile yeast-like organisms within debris. The results of a lumbar puncture were unremarkable and cerebrospinal fluid culture failed to grow bacteria and yeast. The patient was treated with amphotericin B (1 gram) and AmBisome (2.8 gram) over 6 weeks. Three months after cessation of therapy, the patient was doing well.

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