Histoplasmosis

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Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus found in bird and bat droppings. Most people never develop symptoms and aren’t aware they are infected. The exceptions are infants and those with compromised immune systems. Effective treatments are available for even the most severe forms of histoplasmosis. If symptoms appear, they usually do so 3 to 17 days after exposure and may include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough, chest discomfort, joint pain and a rash. In more severe cases, treatment plans with one or more antifungal drugs are prescribed.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Histoplasmosis" returned 391 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Predictive factors for disseminated histoplasmosis in AIDS patients with fever admitted to a reference hospital in Brazil.
 

Author(s): Isadora Cavalcanti Ramos, Yuri Coelho Soares, Lisandra Serra Damasceno, Mariana Pitombeira Libório, Luís Arthur Brasil Gadelha Farias, Jorg Heukelbach, Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar, Terezinha do Menino Jesus Silva Leitão

Journal: Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop.. ;51(4):479-484.

 

In many settings, the lack of sensitive biomarkers of disseminated histoplasmosis (DH) leads to a clinical reliance on older diagnostic methods and delayed treatment initiation. The early recognition of DH is critical for survival, especially in patients with human immunodeficiency ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Disseminated histoplasmosis in an immunocompetent patient from an endemic area: A case report.
 

Author(s): Qingxia Ling, Weishan Zhu, Qun Lu, Ting Jin, Shenhua Ding

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(29):e11486.

 

Disseminated histoplasmosis is a rare fungal infection and most documented cases are in immunocompromised individuals such as those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. However, histoplasmosis easily goes unrecognized in immunocompetent populations.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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An exuberant form of disseminated histoplasmosis.
 

Author(s): Débora Mânica Rockenbach, Lia Natalia Diehl Dallazem, Raíssa Londero Chemello, André Avelino Costa Beber

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. ;22(3):243-244.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Histoplasmosis" returned 32 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Histoplasmosis in Africa: An emerging or a neglected disease?
 

Author(s): Rita O Oladele, Olusola O Ayanlowo, Malcolm D Richardson, David W Denning

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Histoplasmosis in Africa has markedly increased since the advent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic but is under-recognised. Pulmonary histoplasmosis may be misdiagnosed as tuberculosis (TB). In the last six decades (1952-2017), 470 cases of histoplasmosis have been reported. HIV-infected patients ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Laboratory Diagnostics for Histoplasmosis.
 

Author(s): Marwan M Azar, Chadi A Hage

Journal: J. Clin. Microbiol.. 2017 06;55(6):1612-1620.

 

The diagnosis of histoplasmosis is based on a multifaceted approach that includes clinical, radiographic, and laboratory evidence of disease. The gold standards for laboratory diagnosis include demonstration of yeast on pathological examination of tissue and isolation of the mold ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Progressive disseminated histoplasmosis: a systematic review on the performance of non-culture-based diagnostic tests.
 

Author(s): Diego R Falci, Elias R Hoffmann, Diego D Paskulin, Alessandro C Pasqualotto

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. ;21(1):7-11.

 

The diagnosis of progressive disseminated histoplasmosis is often a challenge to clinicians, especially due to the low sensitivity and long turnaround time of the classic diagnostic methods. In recent years, studies involving a variety of non-culture-based diagnostic tests have been ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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