A fatal case of disseminated zygomycosis associated with the use of blood glucose self-monitoring equipment

J Infect. 2005 Dec;51(5):e269-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2005.03.010.

Abstract

We report a fatal case of disseminated zygomycosis due to Cunninghamella bertholletiae in a 68-year-old man with myelodysplasia and type II diabetes mellitus, receiving desferrioxamine therapy for iron overload secondary to multiple transfusions. It is thought that he acquired the infection through the use of blood glucose self-monitoring equipment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring / adverse effects*
  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring / instrumentation
  • Cunninghamella / isolation & purification*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Hemosiderosis / complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mucormycosis / diagnosis*
  • Mucormycosis / microbiology
  • Neural Tube Defects / complications