Multiple lung abscesses due to Ochroconis gallopavum, a dematiaceous fungus, in a nonimmunocompromised wood pulp worker

John A. Odell, Salvador Alvarez, Donald G. Cvitkovich, Denis A. Cortese, Barbara L. McComb

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Abstract

An occurrence of multiple chronic lung abscesses managed by lobectomy is described. These abscesses were present for 13 years in the patient, a nonimmunocompromised wood pulp worker. The patient had hemoptysis at presentation. The organism isolated was Ochroconis gallopavum, a dematiaceous fungus known to cause disease in immunocompromised patients and epidemic encephalitis in poultry. The fungus is typically found in warm environments and in decaying compost; for this reason, we postulate that his illness was occupationally acquired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1503-1505
Number of pages3
JournalChest
Volume118
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dematiaceous fungi
  • Lung
  • Occupational disease
  • Phaeohyphomycosis
  • Pulmonary surgery
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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