J Pediatr Infect Dis 2013; 08(03): 143-148
DOI: 10.3233/JPI-130393
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

Brain abscess caused by "Corn Smut" Ustilago species in an immunocompetent child

Elsie Jazmin Foglio
a  Department of Pediatrics, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Joseph A. Sykes
a  Department of Pediatrics, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Maria Espiritu-Fuller
a  Department of Pediatrics, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Vadim Spektor
b  Department of Radiology, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Cyril D'Cruz
c  Department of Pathology, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Mostafa El-Khashab
d  Department of Neurosurgery, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Misbah Salam
e  Department of Pediatric Neurology, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
,
Trini A. Chan
f  Department of Microbiology, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
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Publication History

18 December 2012

16 April 2013

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

Ustilago species is a pathogenic fungus that causes a fungal corn disease called "corn smut". Airborne-spores may cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis in humans with atopy. It has been identified as a rare pathogen in central line blood infections in immunocompromised patients. Ustilago has not been reported as a cause of brain abscess in an immunocompetent person. We report a case of multifocal brain abscesses in a previously healthy immunocompetent boy caused by Ustilago sp. Excision biopsy established the diagnosis. The child fully recovered without any residual neurological defects.