Infectious Disease Compendium

Rhodotorula

Microbiology

Rhodotorula is a genus of pink-colored yeasts in the family Cryptococcaceae. Includes Rhodotorula mucilaginosa, R. minuta, R. glutinis, and R. pilimanae.

Epidemiologic Risks

Rhodotorula are airborne organisms that may be present on the skin, sputum, urine, and feces. Associated with intravenous catheters, cancers, lymphoproliferative diseases, chronic renal failure, diabetes, and AIDS.

Syndromes

Fungemia.

Treatment

Amphotericin B and flucytosine are active in vitro and are probably treatment of choice (PubMed).

Notes

Resistant to fluconazole and echinocandins i.e. caspofungin.