Pancreatic fungal infections: A case report and review of the literature

Earl G. Robbins, Neil H. Stollman, Paul Bierman, Leopolde Grauer, Jamie S. Barkin

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Pancreatic necrosis as a consequence of acute pancreatitis usually implies a poor prognosis. Infection is the most common complication affecting mortality and appears to be increasing. While bacterial infections, particularly with coliforms, account for the majority of cases of infected necrosis, fungal infections are being more frequently documented. This may be due to increased recognition through improved laboratory techniques, more aggressive diagnosis by percutaneous aspiration, or the more widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics or parenteral nutrition. While the majority of documented fungal pancreatic infections have been with Candida species, recent reports have highlighted the importance of Torulopsis glabrata. This haploid yeast of the family Cryptococcaceae is a fungal commensal organism accounting for 16% of all human yeast isolates. Here we report the first case of T. glabrata infection complicating pancreatic necrosis and review the current knowledge of pancreatic fungal infections complicating acute pancreatitis. Superimposed infection, either bacterial or fungal, needs to be diligently sought in patients with pancreatic necrosis who fail to improve or deteriorate despite supportive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-312
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Candida albicans
  • Case report
  • Literature review
  • Pancreatic fungal infections
  • Torulopsis glabrata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology


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