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Fatal Septic Thrombophlebitis Due to Candida Albicans After Prolonged Antibiotic Therapy

Arch Surg. 1960;81(5):726-732. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300050048010.
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With the advent of antibiotics, surgical infections were becoming unusual rather than frequent complications of surgery.2 In recent years, however, sepsis is again becoming a major problem in patient care. This article will bring to attention the problem of fungal infection, and monilia in particular, as a potential complication of modern patient care. The following case report describes the fatal complication of septic thrombophlebitis with septicemia due to Candida albicans in a patient in whom antibiotics were administered for a bacterial pelvic infection incident to a compound fracture of the pelvis.

Report of a Case  A 28-year-old Negro woman was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital after being thrown from an automobile in which she was a passenger. She was crushed beneath the vehicle as it rolled over her. She was amnesic concerning the accident but was not unconscious.She was lucid when she was admitted to the emergency


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