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Intrathecal spinal abscesses due to Candida albicans in an immunocompetent man
  1. John K Crane
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo—The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor John K Crane, jcrane{at}


Infections of the central nervous system due to Candida albicans are uncommon and are usually only observed in special circumstances, such as following neurosurgery or penetrating head trauma, in immunosuppressed patients, premature infants or in patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts. The author reports a case of an immunocompetent man who presented with a thoracic intraspinal abscess due to C. albicans. Despite surgical drainage and 6 weeks of high-dose fluconazole therapy, the abscess extended and recurred in the cervical spine, requiring a second operation to arrest the infection.

  • infections
  • bone And joint infections
  • infection (neurology)
  • neuroimaging

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  • Contributors JKC is the sole author of this case report.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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