Candida vertebra osteomyelitis in a girl with factor X deficiency


Turkiz Gursel, MD, Department of Paediatrics, Medical School, Gazi University, Bilkent-1 Camlik Sitesi, D-2 Blok No. 7, Ankara 06530, Turkey.
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Summary.  Candidal vertebra osteomyelitis is a rare condition which occurs primarily in immunocompromised patients. We report a 14-year-old girl with factor X deficiency who developed candida vertebra osteomyelitis during home therapy. The microorganism was probably from a contaminated peripheral cannula used for infusion of factor concentrate. This is the first such case in bleeding disorders to our knowledge.