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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-39

Rhodotorula species from CAPD fluid

Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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Sathya Bhama
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.134465

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Rhodotorula is a pigmented yeast, a part of phylum Basidiomycota, that is quite easily identifiable by distinctive orange/red colonies when grown on Sabourauds Dextrose Agar. While being considered as a common contaminant, Rhodotorula may infect individuals with predisposing risk factors like patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), endocarditis, central venous catheter infections, fungaemia and sepsis. We report a case in which the Rhodotorula species was isolated from the peritoneal dialysis fluid of a 7-year-old child with the prune belly syndrome. The child was given systemic anti-fungals, and peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter was removed after which the child became asymptomatic.

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