Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2008 Nov;51(11):1061-1064.

A Case of Fungal Nasal Septal Abscess in the Immunocompromised Patient

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. ent@hanyang.ac.kr

Abstract

Nasal septal abscess is the result of trauma to the nose with septal hematoma and subsequent infection. Proper management of a nasal septal abscess requires prompt diagnosis, adequate surgical drainage, and antibiotics to prevent the potentially dangerous spread of infection and the development of severe functional and cosmetic sequelae. In the immunocompromised patient, nasal septal abscess can occur without trauma and can rapidly progress to a state of life threatening complication. We had experienced a case of fungal nasal septal abscess without antecedent trauma in immunocompromised kidney transplantation patient. Through prompt incision and drainage and appropriate antifungal agent, the infection was resolved without complication. In the immunocompromised patients, it is important to recognize the potential for the immunocompromised condition to influence the development of septal abscess and the alternate pathogens like fungus.

Keyword

Nasal septum; Abscess; Fungi; Immunocompromized patient

MeSH Terms

Abscess
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Cosmetics
Drainage
Fungi
Hematoma
Humans
Immunocompromised Host
Kidney Transplantation
Nasal Septum
Nose
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Cosmetics
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