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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cryptococcosis?

Cryptococcosis is a potentially life-threatening fungal infection caused by the Cryptococcus species. The major species causing illness in humans is Cryptococcus neoformans, while infections by Cryptococcus gattii are more rare. The fungus is typically found in soil, on decaying wood, in tree hollows, or in bird droppings. Infections are rare in people who are otherwise healthy; most cases occur in people who have weakened immune systems, particularly those who have advanced HIV/AIDS. Infection can be seen in the lungs, presenting as a pneumonia, and the brain, presenting as meningitis; in some cases, infection may be asymptomatic.

Symptoms of cryptococcosis

  • Fever

  • History of tuberculosis

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Attracted to others of the same sex

  • Fatigue

  • The first symptom was stiff, inflexible muscles and/or joints

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cryptococcosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cryptococcosis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for tuberculosis?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Are you homosexual?

Treatment for cryptococcosis

Treatment involves anti-fungal medication to treat the infection, and medications to reduce symptoms.

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