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Candida parapsilosis infection following the electrosurgery procedure


Konrad Janowski, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Finance and Management, 55 Pawia Street, 01-030 Warsaw, Poland, e-mail:


Subcutaneous mycoses are fungal infections that predominantly affect the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The most common pathogen responsible for these infections is Candida albicans; however, another yeast from this group, Candida parapsilosis, becomes the cause of increasing numbers of mycotic infections. Recent reports suggested that this microorganism may be particularly resistant to disinfectants, which can facilitate its spread through the medical staff, instruments, and biomaterial. We report a case of a patient in whom a C. parapsilosis infection occurred as a complication following a minor electrocoagulation procedure. Because all obtained laboratory findings were nonspecific, the infection could be properly diagnosed only through cultures from the skin lesion.