Cervical spondylodiscitis caused by Blastoschizomyces capitatus.


A 37-year-old woman, during her second remission of acute myeloid leukemia, presented with severe neck pain and cervico-brachial neuralgia. Investigation revealed a C5-C6 spondylodiscitis. A CT-guided anterior biopsy decompressed the mass, immediately alleviated the symptoms, and isolated a rare yeast: Blastoschizomyces capitatus. To our knowledge, only three cases of spondylodiscitis with this yeast have been described. Six months of voriconazole and liposomal amphotericin B treatment produced a complete resolution on CT and MRI imaging. However, the ongoing severe yeast infection prevented the planned bone marrow allograft.

DOI: 10.1007/s15010-007-7081-0


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@article{Mejdoubi2009CervicalSC, title={Cervical spondylodiscitis caused by Blastoschizomyces capitatus.}, author={M Mejdoubi and A Huynh and C Danho and B Boot}, journal={Infection}, year={2009}, volume={37 2}, pages={153-5} }