In fulminant blastomycosis with multiorgan failure, the earliest diagnosis possible is crucial for successful treatment. If severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) develops, miniaturised veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) might provide a unique and efficacious possibility to prolong the time frame for diagnosis and the beginning of treatment. This is the first report on a case of fatal blastomycosis in Germany. It reminds us to add exotic infections to the differential diagnosis in patients with refractory pneumonia in the era of worldwide tourism.
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Markus Resch and Kratin Kurz contributed equally to this case report
Competing interests: none.
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