Turkish Journal of Nephrology
Case Report

Successful Treatment of Deep Cutaneous Zygomycosis Developing Early After Renal Transplantation


Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nephrology, Kayseri, Turkey


Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Department, Kayseri, Turkey


Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery, Kayseri, Turkey


Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Kayseri, Turkey

Turkish J Nephrol 2011; 20: 88-92
DOI: 10.5262/tndt.2011.1001.15
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A 25-year-old male patient with end-stage renal disease due to chronic pyelonephritis who had undergone renal transplantation was admitted 20 days after the operation with complaints of nausea, vomiting and darkening in the skin of the transplantation site. A 30x30 cm area of skin at the transplantation site in the left inguinal area was dark colored and of necrotic appearance. Gram-negative and gram-positive bacilli were observed in the gram stain of the material taken from the lesion through thin needle aspiration. Surgical debridement of necrotic tissues at the lesion site was performed. There were fungi with bacterial groups and branched rough hyphae infiltrating the necrotic lipid and connective tissue. The venous wall was under the invasion of these fungi hyphae in the histopathological examination of the debridement material and a diagnosis of subcutaneous zygomycosis was established. Amphotericin B was administered for 14 days at a cumulative dose of 625 mg. The skin defect at the left lower quadrant was closed by placing a graft. The patient no longer required dialysis after two weeks of hospitalization. He was discharged 48 days later with total recovery of the lesion site and a serum creatinin level of 2 mg/dL, under treatment with cyclosporine 400 mg/day and prednisolone 20 mg/day. 

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