Necrotising external otitis caused by Aspergillus wentii: a case report

Halsey, C. , Lumley, H. and Luckit, J. (2010) Necrotising external otitis caused by Aspergillus wentii: a case report. Mycoses, 54(4), E211-E213. (doi: 10.1111/J.1439-0507.2009.01815.x)

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Necrotising external otitis (NEO) is a destructive, potentially fatal, infection usually seen in elderly diabetics or the immunocompromised. The commonest causative organism is Pseudomonas but immunocompromised patients are additionally susceptible to opportunistic infections. Here we describe the first reported case of NEO caused by a previously unknown human pathogen –Aspergillus wentii. A review of the literature reveals that fungal NEO is associated with a high rate of cranial nerve palsies suggesting that infections are not being treated rapidly enough to prevent morbidity. Fungal infection should be considered early in immunocompromised patients and microbiological diagnosis should be obtained wherever possible.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Halsey, Professor Chris
Authors: Halsey, C., Lumley, H., and Luckit, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Mycoses
ISSN (Online):1439-0507
Published Online:13 January 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Blackwell
First Published:First published in Mycoses (in press)
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