Disseminated acanthamoebiasis after lung transplantation

Alexander G. Duarte, Farooq Sattar, Bruno Granwehr, Judith F. Aronson, Zhiqin Wang, Scott Lick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Protozoan infections in organ transplant recipients are rare. We report a fatal case of disseminated acanthamoebiasis in a bilateral lung transplant recipient that presented with cutaneous lesions, respiratory failure, and seizures. Acanthamoeba infection may be identified in transplant recipients with exposure to water who develop non-healing cutaneous ulcers with granulomatous inflammation. Cutaneous lesions are the initial manifestation of infection and a harbinger of dissemination. Early institution of combination anti-microbial therapy is therefore necessary for effective treatment and prevention of lethal spread to the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


Dive into the research topics of 'Disseminated acanthamoebiasis after lung transplantation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this