Fungal DNA detected in blood samples of patients who received contaminated methylprednisolone injections reveals increased complexity of causative agents

Yanan Zhao, Emilian Armeanu, Richard DiVerniero, Terri A. Lewis, Richard C. Dobson, Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, Emmanuel Roilides, Thomas J. Walsh, David S. Perlina

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Using Exserohilum rostratum-specific and panfungal real-time PCR, we studied 24 blood samples and 2 synovial fluid specimens from 20 patients with persistent or worsening pain following injections of contaminated methylprednisolone. Seven blood specimens from 6 patients were significantly positive for fungal DNA by panfungal PCR, with multiple fungal species identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2212-2215
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)

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