Phialemonium Curvatum Arthritis of the Knee Following Intra-Articular Injection of a Corticosteroid

Med Mycol. 2006 Sep;44(6):571-4. doi: 10.1080/13693780600631883.


Phialemonium curvatum arthritis of the knee developed in a diabetic man following intra-articular injection of a corticosteroid. Cure was achieved with a 6-week course of intravenous amphotericin B deoxycholate. P.curvatum is commonly found in the environment and is often considered a contaminant; yet, its pathogenic potential should be seriously considered in selected patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / adverse effects*
  • Arthritis, Infectious / etiology
  • Arthritis, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular / adverse effects
  • Knee*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitosporic Fungi / isolation & purification*
  • Opportunistic Infections / complications


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones