Case Report

A Case of Fungemia due to Rhodotorula Glutinis with Liver Cirrhosis

Jin Kyeong Park, Jae Jung Park, Jung Yoon Yoon, Jung Youn Jo, Eun Kyung Baek, Eun Jin Shim, Kwon Yu, Hee Jung Choi
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Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

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Published Online: Jun 30, 2008


Rhodotorula species are emergent opportunistic pathogens, Particularly m mmunocompromised patients. Rhodotorula mucilaginosa was the species most frequently recovered, followed by Rhodotorula glutinis. They have been associated with endocarditis, peritonitis, meningitis and catheter-associated fungemia. We experienced a case of catheter-related blood stream infection by rhodotorula glutinis. He was 46-year old man with decompensated liver cirrhosis. He was admitted for esophageal variceal bleeding. Rhodotorula glutinis was identified on blood culture, and amphotericin B was administered for fungemia treatment.

Keywords: Rhodotorula glutinis; Liver cirrhosis; Fungemia