Virtual Conference
Irene Rocio Benitez Gomez

Irene Rocio Benitez Gomez

Catholic University, Paraguay

Title: Disseminated histoplasmosis with skin lesions and osteomyelitis in a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia undergoing maintenance treatment


Histoplasmosis is a mycosis caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum and usually manifests as a disseminated infection in immunocompromised patients. Osteomyelitis due to H. capsulatum is rare and difficult to diagnose. We present an unusual case of disseminated histoplasmosis, caused by H. capsulatum, with lesions in skin, mucous membranes and osteomyelitis in a 10-year- old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia undergoing low-dose oral methotrexate treatment, who had an adequate response to Amphotericin B and maintenance treatment with Itraconazole. 


Irene Rocio Benitez Gomez, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the Catholic University in Asuncion, Paraguay, and a staff physician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases in cancer patients at the Central Hospital of the Social Welfare Institute (IPS). Other interests include medical and health sciences, and health sciences services. In addition, she is a consulting physician at the Santa Clara Sanatorium in Asunción. After earning her medical degree from the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Catholic University, she continued advanced medical training in clinical pediatrics at the Central Hospital of the IPS. She currently works as a collaborator in the Pediatric Oncology Support working group of the World Health Organization’s Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer in Latin America. She has also collaborated in Paraguay’s Ministry of Health on clinical management guidelines and the training of physicians in tropical diseases, especially in the interior of the country. She is a member of the Paraguayan Society of Pediatrics and the Paraguayan Society of Infectious Diseases.