Otitis caused by Scedosporium apiospermum in an immunocompetent child

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004 Jul;68(7):975-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2004.02.013.


Scedosporium apiospermum (Pseudallescheria boydii) is a ubiquitous saprophytic mold. It is considered an infrequent but important and emerging human pathogen, mostly in immunocompromised hosts. Otomycosis secondary to S. apiospermum is extremely rare. We report an 8-year-old immunocompetent male who developed otitis media and otitis externa from S. apiospermum, which was successful treated with combination of surgical debridement and topical clotrimazole therapy. A brief literature review of infections caused by S. apiospermum follows the case presentation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Clotrimazole / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence / physiology*
  • Male
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / diagnosis
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / drug therapy
  • Otitis Media with Effusion / microbiology*
  • Scedosporium / isolation & purification*


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Clotrimazole