Coccidioides fungemia in six patients, with a review of the literature

David W. Keckich, Janis E. Blair, Holenarasipur R. Vikram

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To identify demographics, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of patients with Coccidioides fungemia, we searched our institutional medical records to identify patients with Coccidioides fungemia treated between 1998 and 2008 and conducted a comprehensive search of the medical literature to identify previously reported cases. Coccidioides fungemia is an uncommon manifestation of coccidioidomycosis, a fungal infection caused by Coccidioides sp. endemic to the southwestern United States. Six Coccidioides fungemia patients were treated at our institution during the 10-year period. All 6 had underlying comorbid disease; three were receiving immunosuppressants. Three patients survived longer than 2 years. The literature review identified 107 patients, bringing the total cohort to 113 (mean age, 42 years). Forty-three patients (38%) had infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, 20 (18%) were receiving corticosteroids, 11 (10%) had solid organ transplants, and 5 (4%) were pregnant. Sites of extrapulmonary dissemination were reported for 97 (86%); the most common sites were liver (26/97 [27%]), spleen (21/97 [22%]), and meninges/central nervous system (17/97 [18%]). No patient showed evidence of endocarditis. At least 1 serologic test was positive in 45 (87%) of 52 patients for whom results were available. Overall mortality at 30 days was 62% (70/113; mean survival, 11.4 days). Survival was significantly worse in immunocompromised versus immunocompetent patients (22/72 [31%] vs. 19/36 [53%], respectively; P =.04). Lack of antifungal therapy predicted poor survival (8/38 [21%] vs. 32/65 [49%], respectively; P=.004). Coccidioides fungemia is an uncommon manifestation of fulminant, disseminated coccidioidomycosis. Survival is poorest in immunocompromised patients or those not receiving antifungal therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Coccidioides
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Endocarditis
  • Fungemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)


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