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Cryptococcosis is a potentially fatal fungal disease caused by two species of fungus. This disease is acquired by inhalation of the infectious propagule from the environment. Cryptococcosis is a defining opportunistic infection for AIDS. Symptoms of Cryptococcosis are:
• Pneumonia like illness
• Shortness of breath
• Coughing and fever
• Skin lesions
HOW IS CRYPTOCOCCOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Cryptococcosis is usually carried out by a specialist from the Bariatrics department, who will conduct a urine culture to find traces of the bacteria and fungus. Blood tests and cultures may also help in detecting the presence of the infection.
HOW IS CRYPTOCOCCOSIS TREATED?
Treatment for meningoencephalitis and other infections is treated with amphotericin B formulation, with or without flucytosine. In case of patients with HIV and cryptococcal meningoencephalitis, Fluconazole is used for treatment. This treatment is suitable for patients with milder form of infection that does not involve the central nervous system
DID YOU KNOW?
C. neoformans is commonly spread by bird droppings, especially pigeon droppings.