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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 228-229

Disseminated protothecosis caused by Prototheca zopfii in a liver transplant recipient

1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Nandini Sethuraman
Department of Microbiology, Apollo Hospitals, No. 21, Greams Lane, Off Greams Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_55_17

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Prototheca is a genus of achlorophyllic algae present ubiquitously in the environment. Human infections are rare affecting immunocompromised individuals. We report a case of fatal algaemia caused by Prototheca zopfii in a patient who underwent liver transplant. Tissue diagnosis is mandatory for diagnosing rare entities in seriously ill, immunocompromised individuals.

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