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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 can be made by microscopic examination and/or culture of tissue or body fluids such as blood, cerebrospinal fluid, and sputum. The cryptococcal antigen test is a rapid test that can be performed on blood and/or on cerebrospinal fluid to make the diagnosis.
HOW IS CRYPTOCOCCOSIS TREATED?
There is not much research on the treatment options available for this disease. In most cases, administering Intravenous Amphotericin B combined with flucytosine by mouth is recommended. Ample amount of rest is needed and so is proper hydration.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cryptococcal infections usually spread through bird droppings.