Cryptococcosis and rheumatic disease Please rate this page (bottom of page)

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Definition

Cryptococcal infection (cryptococcosis) is a fungal infection that can attack the skeleton, but rheumatic symptoms are uncommon.

  • In case of a weakened immune system such as during immunosuppressive, anti-rheumatic treatment, after organ transplantation or by the wood HIV infection, cryptococcus infection (Cryptococcus neoformans) get serious

Symptoms

  • respiratory
    • Reap
    • Chest pain
  • Weight Loss
  • Light fever
  • Meningitis (meningitis)
  • Skin symptoms (acne-like)
  • Pain and swelling over joints, vertebrae or jaw
    • Knees
    • Elbows
    • Jaw
    • skull

Diagnosis

  • Microscopy of spinal fluid (by meningitis) or by pus from wounds
  • Antigen test
  • Cultivation from blood or spinal fluid

Treatment

  • Medicines against fungal infection (antimycotics)

Literature

Opportunistic infections, BINDEVEVSSYKDOMMER.no


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