Reactivation of coccidioidomycosis: a prosthetic joint infection in Spain

L. Arbeloa-Gutierrez, T. Kuberski, S. M. Johnson, I. Sagastibelza, J. I. Alaez, Demosthenes Pappagianis

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A resident of Spain was found to have a prosthetic knee infection due to coccidioidomycosis. He had a history of having pneumonia which resolved while living in an area of California endemic for Coccidioides in 1957–1961. The patient left California in 1961 returned to Spain and never left Spain thereafter. In 2006, a total knee replacement was done. In 2013, a prosthetic knee infection was documented due to coccidioidomycosis. By molecular DNA analysis, Coccidioides immitis was identified from the knee tissue, a species most commonly found in California. This represents reactivation of a Coccidioides infection 56 years after leaving the endemic area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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