A Case Report of Aspergillus Fungal Spinal Infection in Immunocompetent Patient and Review of Literature

Volume 3 | Issue 2 | October 2022-March 2023 | page: 113-118 | Udit D. Patel, Hitesh N. Modi


Authors: Udit D. Patel [1], Hitesh N. Modi [1]

[1] Department of Spine Surgery, Zydus Hospitals and Healthcare Research Private Limited, Thaltej, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Hitesh N. Modi,
Department of Spine Surgery, Zydus Hospitals and Healthcare Research Private Limited, Zydus hospital road, Thaltej, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.


Background: Spinal aspergillus infection is rare but can cause significant morbidity and mortality. Sometime it may mis-diagnosed as pyogenic or tuberculous infection in immunocompetent patients. Therefore, it causes delay in diagnosis and leads to spinal instability, neurological deficit, and sometimes death.
Case Report: Here we discussed a case of 68 years old female patient with severe back pain and difficulty in walking which was gradually increased over the period of time of two months. During this, she was diagnosed as koch’s spine based on MRI report and she had been started on empirical anti-tuberculous medication. But her condition was deteriorated. After that patient underwent surgical management and infected tissue sent for culture and sensitivity and histopathological examination. The report was positive for aspergillus fungal infection. she was started with anti-fungal medication and course of treatment was uneventful.
Conclusion: Early diagnosis of spinal fungal infection is often delayed in immunocompetent patients and it lead to delayed in anti-fungal management which lead to increase in morbidity and mortality.
Keywords: Aspergillus, Spinal fungal infection, Case Report


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