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Penicillium species : Is it a contaminant or pathogen ? Delayed diagnosis in a case of pneumonia caused by Penicillium chrysogenum in a systemic lupus erythematosis patient.

sharana mahomed, prinita baijnath, koleka mlisana.

We report a case of pneumonia caused by Penicillium species in an 18 year old female patient with systemic lupus erythematosis. Initial sputum samples as well as subsequent samples cultured a pure growth of Penicillium species. After two weeks of intravenous amphotericin B and an additional ten weeks of itraconazole treatment, the patient had complete resolution of symptoms. In addition, subsequent sputum cultures revealed no growth. She was discharged for follow up

Key words: Penicillium species, fungal disease, systemic lupus erythematosis

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