Successful treatment of Acanthamoeba rhinosinusitis in a patient with AIDS

Jean B. Nachega, P. Rombaux, B. Weynand, G. Thomas, F. Zech

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Abstract

Acanthamoeba infection is a rare, difficult-to-treat, and often fatal, opportunistic parasitic infection in immunocompromised hosts, such as patients infected with HIV. We describe an aggressive nasal and sinus infection by Acanthamoeba spp. in a person with AIDS. The resolution of this Acanthamoeba infection was secondary to a multidisciplinary treatment approach involving a combination of surgery as well as high-dose amphotericin B plus 5-fluorocytosine. In the era of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the present report underscores the need for early identification and prompt aggressive treatment to ensure successful management of this rare but potentially fatal opportunistic infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-625
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS patient care and STDs
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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