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

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD, FACP; 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), [10] intravascular catheter–related infections (2 cases), [11] primary bacteremia (3 cases), peritoneal catheter–related infections (2 cases), [11, 12] endocarditis (2 cases), [13, 14] pyelonephritis (2 cases), [15, 16] cellulitis (1 case), [17] endophthalmitis (1 case), [18] arteriovenous fistula infection (1 case), cutaneous granuloma (1 case), [19] and meningitis (1 case). [20]

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. [21]


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