Unusual case of an elbow mass caused by Candida arthritis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Unusual case of an elbow mass caused by Candida arthritis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Hand Surg. 2014;19(3):409-11

Authors: Imamura H, Iwamoto T, Momohara S

Abstract
A 45-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus presented with a painless bulky mass on her elbow. Joint fluid analysis showed the presence of a yeast-like organism. Surgical debridement was performed and specimens obtained at surgery showed growth of Candida albicans. Although Candida species are an uncommon cause of infectious arthritis, fungal arthritis should be considered in the patient with predisposing factors.

PMID: 25155708 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]