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Cryptococcal Meningitis

Cryptococcal Meningitis: Introduction

Cryptococcal Meningitis: Cryptococcal meningitis is a life-threatening infection of the membranes (meninges) that line the brain and spinal cord. ... more about Cryptococcal Meningitis.

Cryptococcal Meningitis: Cryptococcal meningitis is an infection of the meninges (the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord), caused by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Cryptococcal Meningitis is available below.

Symptoms of Cryptococcal Meningitis

Treatments for Cryptococcal Meningitis

  • Amphotericin B
  • Flucytosine
  • Fluconazole
  • Antifungal medications are used to treat this form of meningitis. Intravenous therapy with amphotericin B is the most common treatment. It is often combined with an oral medication, flucytosine. An oral medication, fluconazole, in high doses may also be effective against this infection
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Cryptococcal Meningitis: Complications

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Causes of Cryptococcal Meningitis

  • AIDS - about 10% of AIDS patients get Cryptococcal Meningitis
  • Immune-suppression
  • Cryptococcal meningitis most often affects people with compromised immune systems. Risk factors include AIDS, lymphoma and diabetes
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Cryptococcal Meningitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Cryptococcal Meningitis

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Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common cold....read more »

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Cryptococcal Meningitis: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Cryptococcal Meningitis

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Prognosis for Cryptococcal Meningitis

Prognosis for Cryptococcal Meningitis: Long-term treatment with medication taken by mouth must be continued for people with AIDS, to prevent the infection from coming back.

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Clinical Trials for Cryptococcal Meningitis

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Article Excerpts about Cryptococcal Meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis is a life-threatening infection of the membranes (meninges) that line the brain and spinal cord. Cryptococcal disease is caused by a fungus. Most people have been exposed to this organism, which is found in soil contaminated by bird droppings, but it usually does not cause disease in healthy people. The majority of people with cryptococcal meningitis have immune systems that are damaged by disease, such as AIDS, or suppressed by drugs. The organism can infect almost all organs in the body, although it most commonly causes disease of the meninges, skin, or lungs. (Source: excerpt from Cryptococcal Meningitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

 

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