Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2011 Sep;54(9):638-641. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2011.54.9.638.

A Case of Cryptococcal Abscess Involving Deep Neck Space in an Immunocompetent Patient

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea. cds8922@naver.com

Abstract

The encapsulated yeast, Cryptococcus, has rapidly risen to a worldwide major opportunistic fungal pathogen. Infection with Cryptococcus neoformans usually occurs in immunocompromised host and but may occur also occur in immunocompetent patients. Cryptococccal infection commonly involves the lung or central nervous system; it can disseminate to any organ. However, Cryptococcal abscess in deep neck space is rare. We report an immunocompe-tent patient, who was 60-years-old with cryptococcal abscess in deep neck space. Incisional biopsy of the involved soft tissue revealed the presence of Cryptococcus neoformans. Abscess culture also yielded Cryptococcus. Surgical debriment and antifungal therapy resulted in cure.

Keyword

Cryptococcus neoformans; Cryptococcal abscess; Deep neck space

MeSH Terms

Abscess
Biopsy
Cryptococcus
Cryptococcus neoformans
Humans
Immunocompromised Host
Lung
Neck
Yeasts
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