Pulmonary capillary embolism caused by cryptococcemia in a hemodialysis patient

Masahiro Eriguchi, T. Nagao, T. Kamimura, K. Sugawara, K. Mitsuiki, A. Harada

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In this report, we describe a patient who contracted fatal cryptococcosis after the induction of hemodialysis. A 76-year-old man was hospitalized to initiate hemodialysis. On admission, clinical findings showed no signs of any infections, and hemodialysis was inducted favorably. On the 6th hospital day he suddenly had a dyspnea and died from acute respiratory failure having a dyspnea for only 6 h. By microscopic examination at autopsy, we detected microemboli in the pulmonary capillary arteries caused by Cryptococcus and that the embolic source was a multiple-abscessed spleen. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of pulmonary capillary microembolism caused by cryptococcemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-91
Number of pages4
JournalClinical nephrology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology


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