Central venous catheter infection associated with Pseudozyma aphidis in a child with short gut syndrome

J Med Microbiol. 2008 Apr;57(Pt 4):516-518. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.47563-0.


Pseudozyma aphidis is a heterobasidiomycetous yeast related to the smut fungi in the genus Ustilago. Pseudozyma species are usually isolated from plants and rarely from clinical specimens. We report what is believed to be the first paediatric case of central venous catheter (CVC)-related fungaemia associated with P. aphidis. Prompt removal of the CVC in conjunction with anti-fungal therapy resulted in a successful outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fungemia / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Mycoses / microbiology
  • Short Bowel Syndrome / therapy*
  • Ustilaginales / classification*
  • Ustilaginales / genetics
  • Ustilaginales / isolation & purification*