The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 4
Fungemia and Renal Fungus Ball Formation with Candida norvegensis in a Child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
1Ministry of Health Ankara Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, and Departments of 2Radiology, 3Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology , 4Pediatric Hematology, and 5Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey Kurucu N, Kul S, Tosun İ, Erduran E, Köksal İ. Fungemia and renal fungus ball formation with Candida norvegensis in a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Turk J Pediatr 2011; 53: 448-451.

Invasive fungal infections cause significant morbidity and mortality in pediatric cancer patients. Candida species are the most frequently isolated pathogen. Candida species may cause bloodstream and deep-seated infection in neutropenic children with cancer. The gastrointestinal system, lung, liver and spleen are the most frequently involved organs. Isolated renal involvement presented as abscess formation has been reported rarely in children with cancer. Herein, we report a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who presented with renal abscess and fungus ball formation due to Candida norvegensis, which is an unusual cause of infection. Keywords : acute lymphoblastic leukemia, invasive fungal infection, renal candidiasis, Candida norvegensis.

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