Scedosporium aurantiacum brain abscess after near-drowning in a survivor of a tsunami in Japan

Yutaka Nakamura, Naomi Suzuki, Yoshio Nakajima, Yu Utsumi, Okinori Murata, Hiromi Nagashima, Heisuke Saito, Nobuhito Sasaki, Itaru Fujimura, Yoshinobu Ogino, Kanako Kato, Yasuo Terayama, Shinya Miyamoto, Kyoko Yarita, Katsuhiko Kamei, Toshihide Nakadate, Shigeatsu Endo, Kazutoshi Shibuya, Kohei Yamauchi

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Many victims of the tsunami that occurred following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 developed systemic disorders owing to aspiration pneumonia. Herein, we report a case of tsunami lung wherein Scedosporium aurantiacum was detected in the respiratory tract. A magnetic resonance image of the patient's head confirmed multiple brain abscesses and lateral right ventricle enlargement. In this case report, we describe a potential refractory multidrug-resistant infection following a tsunami disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalRespiratory Investigation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Near-drowning
  • Scedosporium apiospermum
  • Scedosporium aurantiacum
  • Scedosporium prolificans
  • Tsunami lung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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