Infections in haematological malignancies: An autopsy study of 72 cases

Vivi M. Srivastava*, Hemalatha Krishnaswami, Alok Srivastava, David Dennison, Mammen Chandy

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Autopsy material from 72 patients with haematological malignancies treated in India was reviewed. Thirty-seven patients (51%) had documented infections; 20 (27%) had bacterial infections, 14 of which were Gram-negative organisms (Pseudomonas species in 10); tuberculosis was present in 2 patients (2.7%). Twenty-one patients (29%) had systemic fungal infections; invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and gastrointestinal candidiasis were present in 10 patients each. Only 3 patients (4%) had viral infection, all of which were due to cytomegalovirus. Eleven patients (15%) had polymicrobial infections. No patient had any parasitic infection. Systemic fungal infections due to Aspergillus and Candida predominated, while Gram-negative bacterial infections were also common.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-408
Number of pages3
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspergillus
  • Candida
  • Co-infection
  • Gram-negative bacteria
  • Haematological malignacy
  • India

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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