UTHealth Houston report in NEJM: Deadly fungal infection acquired during surgery in Mexico led to death and brainstem, blood supply injuries

By Halle Jones, UTHealth Media Relations
February 15, 2024

Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD

Luis Ostrosky, MD

A life-threatening mold infection known as health care-associated Fusarium solani meningitis can be associated with a delayed, but devastating, injury to the brainstem and its blood supply among those infected, according to physicians from UTHealth Houston.

A report, led by first author Nora Strong, MD, and senior author Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD, was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Strong is a second-year postdoctoral fellow in infectious diseases with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, and Ostrosky is professor of medicine and epidemiology, division director of infection diseases, and Memorial Hermann Chair at the medical school.

In the report, the physicians reported their own experience and analyzed data from the clinical presentation, disease course, and management of 13 hospitalized patients in multiple centers.

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