Cryptococcal disease presenting as necrotizing cellulitis in transplant recipients: Case report

S. Baer, J. W. Baddley, J. W. Gnann, P. G. Pappas

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Disseminated cryptococcosis uncommonly presents with skin lesions in immunocompromised hosts. Necrotizing fasciitis, necrotizing vasculitis, myositis, or necrotizing soft tissue infection are even more rare presentations. We report 3 cases of cryptococcal necrotizing soft tissue infection, 2 in renal transplant patients, and 1 in a heart transplant patient, and discuss similar cases from the literature. Cryptococcus neoformans should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cellulitis or necrotizing soft tissue infections in immunocompromised patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalTransplant Infectious Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009



  • Cryptococcus
  • Myositis
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Necrotizing vasculitis
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Transplantation

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