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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 362-364

A rare case of Candida tropicalis arthritis in a patient of β thalassemia

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 -700 037
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.102059

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Infectious arthritis due to Candida species is a rare disease. We report a case of infectious arthritis due to Candida tropicalis in a 27-year-old β thalassemic female patient who presented with pain and swelling in the left knee joint since the last three months. The diagnosis was established by culture of the aspirated synovial fluid, which showed the growth of Candida tropicalis. The patient was started on intravenous amphotericin B, to which the patient responded well with the subsidence of the pain and swelling of the left knee joint. The patient was discharged after a period of two weeks on oral fluconazole and was asymptomatic on last follow-up. The patient had no other predisposing factor like trauma or aspiration of the joint, except for the severe anemia, associated grade III malnutrition, and diabetes.

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