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Fusariosis in haematological malignancy – the skin is the clue… Experiences from the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka: a case report

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M. N. Jayawardena ,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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S. H. C. K. De Silva,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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N. P. Madarasingha,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Dermatology
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M. Somathilake,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Paediatric Oncology
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S. Wanigasooriya,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Paediatric Oncology
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P. R. Chinthamani,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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L. S. M. Sigera,

Medical Research Institute, Colombo 8, LK
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Department of Mycology
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P. G. R. I. S. Welagedara,

Medical Research Institute, Colombo 8, LK
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Department of Mycology
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K. D. D. S. Wijeweera,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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P. G. R. U. M. Welagedara,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Y. K. Perera,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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N. W. E. S. Nugahapola,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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Department of Microbiology
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U. E. Rathnayake,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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S. P. Gunasekera,

National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, LK
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P. I. Jayasekera

Medical Research Institute, Colombo 8, LK
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Abstract

We present two patients with haematological malignancies who developed skin lesions while neutropaenic and were subsequently diagnosed as having fusariosis. Although fusariosis is not as common as other fungal infections such as aspergillosis and candidiasis, it has to be considered in the diagnosis of immunocompromised patients who present with skin manifestations. Awareness of fusariosis, and early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is essential to reduce mortality. 

How to Cite: Jayawardena, M.N., De Silva, S.H.C.K., Madarasingha, N.P., Somathilake, M., Wanigasooriya, S., Chinthamani, P.R., Sigera, L.S.M., Welagedara, P.G.R.I.S., Wijeweera, K.D.D.S., Welagedara, P.G.R.U.M., Perera, Y.K., Nugahapola, N.W.E.S., Rathnayake, U.E., Gunasekera, S.P. and Jayasekera, P.I., 2021. Fusariosis in haematological malignancy – the skin is the clue… Experiences from the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka: a case report. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases, 11(1), pp.52–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v11i1.8336
Published on 30 Apr 2021.
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