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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 396-398

A rare case of pancreatic abscess due to Candida Tropicalis

Department of Microbiology, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India

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Simit Kumar
Department of Microbiology, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.91067

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Candida albicans is found frequently as a commensal organism in the gastrointestinal tract. Despite this, it is rarely found in pancreatic abscesses, there being only a few cases in the literature and in most of these cases the significance of Candida spp. as a pathogen was not initially recognized at the time of diagnosis. In most of the earlier reported pancreatitis associated with candida, C. albicans was the commonest isolate. We report the case of a patient in whom computed tomography was used initially to diagnose a pancreatic abscess, aspiration of which showed growth of Candida tropicalis and Escherichia coli on culture. The patient was started on amphotericin B and imipenem, but the condition of the patient deteriorated, for which the patient underwent surgical necrosectomy and continued treatment with imipenem and amphotericin B led to the satisfactory recovery of the patient.

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