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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 160-162

Lung abscess due to pulmonary candidiasis

1 Department of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak., India
2 Department of Physiology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak., India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak., India

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Prem Prakash Gupta
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.44392

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Here we describe a patient who developed lung abscess caused by Candida albicans. There was no evidence of disseminated/ extrapulmonary candidiasis or any immunodeficiency. However, he was taking high doses of inhaled corticosteroid for chronic airflow obstruction. CT guided percutaneous needle aspiration provided the specimen which confirmed the diagnosis of pulmonary candidiasis. His sputum culture was also positive for Candida albicans. The patient achieved favourable out­come with a 4 weeks treatment with fluconazole. The case is presented here due to unique possible association of pulmonary candidiasis with intake of high doses of inhaled corticosteroids.

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