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NJBMS - Volume 4, Issue 3, January - March 2014

Pages: 186-187

DISSEMINATED CRYPTOCOCCOSIS IN HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS SEROPOSITIVE PATIENT

Author: S. THASNEEM BANU, R. DEEPA, C.S. SRIPRIYA, G. JAYALAKSHMI

Category: Microbiology

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Abstract:

Cryptococcus neoformans is known to cause opportunistic infection in the immunocompromised. If not detected at the earliest it can lead to dissemination and death. One of the first evidence of dissemination could be the appearance of skin lesions, when immediate antifungal therapy would prevent further complications. We report a human immunodeficiency virus seropositive individual with generalized skin lesions from whom C. neoformans was recovered by culture simultaneously from the skin and blood. The patient died before antifungal therapy could be initiated.

Keywords: Cryptococcus neoformans, Human immunodeficiency virus, Meningoencephalitis

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