Cutaneous Fungal Infection in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient: A Case Report and Literature Review
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 267–270, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Kucinskiene, V., Sutkute, A. and Valiukeviciene, S. (2014), Cutaneous Fungal Infection in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient: A Case Report and Literature Review. Pediatric Dermatology, 31: 267–270. doi: 10.1111/pde.12323
- Issue published online: 24 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
Fungal skin infections are not uncommon in healthy, premature or immunocompromised newborns. Healthy neonates usually develop fungal skin infections caused by dermatophytes, Candida and Malassezia species, whereas immunocompromised neonates are more susceptible to skin infections with opportunistic pathogens (Aspergilus, Zygomycetes). Therefore neonatal fungal skin infections can range from generally benign superficial lesions to potentially fatal, deep, necrotic forms with dissemination. We present the case of a premature neonate twin with cutaneous fungal infection in a neonatal intensive care unit. Because there were doubts concerning the correspondence of the clinical features with the cultured species in the newborn, a literature review was performed searching for similar clinical cases.