Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 1 No. 2

Cryptococcus neoformans – A Causative Agent of Meningitis, in a case of Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media

Unnati Padalia¹, Annette Martin¹, Preeti Mehta², Gita Nataraj² and Rajesh C. Patil³

¹Department of Microbiology, K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai - 400 077, India. ²Department of Microbiology, K. E. M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, India. ³Department of Microbiology, Bhavan’s College, Andheri, Mumbai - 400 058, India.

Received on 05 August 2007 and accepted on 28 August 2007

 

ABSTRACT

Cryptococcal ear infection is an uncommon but often an undiagnosed fatal complication associated with the ear. This study was undertaken due to the enormous childhood morbidity and health care costs associated with otological infections, together with the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant middle ear bacterial pathogens. The aims of this study were to isolate and identify micro-organisms responsible for ear infections and determine their antibiotic susceptibility pattern.

Keywords : Cryptococcus neoformans, Otological infections, Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media.