Pichia anomala, A Rare Cause of Nosocomial Fungal Sepsis in Newborn. Is Empirical Use of Third Generation Cephalosporin to Blame?Correspondence Address :
Dr. Ashish Marwah,
11 B, Medical Enclave, Near Civil Hospital Chowk, Karnal, Haryana, India.
Traditionally, Candida albicans is known to be the major cause of nosocomial fungal sepsis in neonates. However, there has been increased detection of various other emerging pathogenic yeasts like Pichia anomala (also referred as Wikerhamomyces anomalus/Hansenula anomala in the literature). Here, authors report a case of a full-term male neonate born with severe birth asphyxia and respiratory distress empirically treated with third generation cephalosporins, who later developed fungemia and meningitis due to yeast (Pichia anomala) has been documented. The possible risk factors could be severe birth asphyxia and empirical use of third generation cephalosporin (cefotaxime) initially.
Candida albicans, Fungemia, Neonatal sepsis
Poonam Marwah, Sunil Kumar, Ashish Marwah. PICHIA ANOMALA, A RARE CAUSE OF NOSOCOMIAL FUNGAL SEPSIS IN NEWBORN. IS EMPIRICAL USE OF THIRD GENERATION CEPHALOSPORIN TO BLAME?. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2019 June [cited: 2019 Jun 18 ]; 13:SD01-SD02. Available from
Date of Submission: Sep 07, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Nov 05, 2018
Date of Acceptance: May 18, 2019
Date of Publishing: Jun 01, 2019
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