Infectious Disease Compendium

Prototheca

Microbiology

Fresh water algae. Prototheca wickerhamii and Prototheca zopfii.

Epidemiologic Risks

Exposure to fresh water often with trauma.

Syndromes

Acute skin lesions (PubMed) and disseminated disease in solid organ transplants (PubMed) and other poor hosts (Review).

Treatment

Azoles are used and amphotericin B (perhaps the best) (PubMed).

Notes

Last update: 05/05/18