What is the prognosis of erythrasma in predisposed and immunocompromised individuals?

Updated: Sep 10, 2018
  • Author: Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Erythrasma is usually a benign condition. However, it may become widespread and invasive in predisposed and immunocompromised individuals; this is very rare in immunocompetent hosts. In such individuals, this organism has caused infections other than erythrasma. These include abscess formation (3 cases), [6] intravascular catheter–related infections (2 cases), [7] primary bacteremia (3 cases), peritoneal catheter–related infections (2 cases), [7, 8] endocarditis (2 cases), [9, 10] pyelonephritis (2 cases), [11, 12] cellulitis (1 case), [13] endophthalmitis (1 case), [14] arteriovenous fistula infection (1 case), cutaneous granuloma (1 case), [15] and meningitis (1 case). [16]

The first case of postoperative intraabdominal infection caused by Corynebacterium minutissimum in an immunocompetent adult host was reported and has been successfully treated with intravenous amoxicillin/sulbactam. [17]


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