Fatal pulmonary scedosporiosis

Mycoses. 2003;46(9-10):418-21. doi: 10.1046/j.0933-7407.2003.00918.x.


We report on a case of scedosporiosis in a 72-year-old German woman. Her disease started with a purulent ulceration of unknown course at her left foot. Soon after onset of oral antibacterial therapy she needed in-hospital treatment because of an acute pneumonia. The infection progressed despite the application of different antibiotics. Microscopic examination of tracheal fluid revealed fungal hyphae and therefore treatment with itraconazole was initiated. However, the patient developed renal failure, required mechanical ventilation and finally died in treatment-resistant septic shock. Post-mortem Scedosporium apiospermum was cultured from lung tissue taken during autopsy. This is the fourth case of human infection caused by Scedosporium species diagnosed in our laboratory during the last 4 years.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dermatomycoses / microbiology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Foot Dermatoses / microbiology
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Itraconazole / therapeutic use
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal* / complications
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal* / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal* / drug therapy
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal* / microbiology
  • Pneumonia / drug therapy
  • Pneumonia / microbiology*
  • Renal Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Scedosporium / isolation & purification*
  • Shock, Septic
  • Toes


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Antifungal Agents
  • Itraconazole