A novel fungal pathogen under the spotlight - Acremonium spp. associated fungaemia in an immunocompetent host

PÜRNAK T., Beyazit Y., Sahin G. O., Shorbagi A., AKOVA M.

MYCOSES, vol.54, no.1, pp.78-80, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Letter
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1439-0507.2009.01762.x
  • Journal Name: MYCOSES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.78-80
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Acremonium spp. are filamentous, cosmopolitan fungi frequently isolated from plant debris and soil, they are known to result in invasive infections in the setting of severe immunosuppression. In this letter, we present a case of catheter-related fungaemia associated with Acremonium spp. in a patient with chronic renal failure. After removal of the subclavian catheter, the patient was treated successfully with voriconazole, with a loading dose of 400 mg followed by a maintenance dose of 200 mg bid. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper reporting Acremonium spp. associated fungaemia in a relatively immunocompetent host. We also discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Acremonium spp. associated infections in the context of current literature.