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Meningitis, Cryptococcal

Introduction: Meningitis, Cryptococcal

Description of Meningitis, Cryptococcal

Meningitis, Cryptococcal (medical condition): Cryptococcal meningitis is an infection of the meninges (the...more »

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Meningitis, Cryptococcal: Meningeal inflammation produced by $CRYPTOCOCCUS NEOFORMANS$, an encapsulated yeast that tends to infect individuals with ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME and other immunocompromised states. The organism enters the body through the respiratory tract, but symptomatic infections are usually limited to the lungs and nervous system. The organism may also produce parenchymal brain lesions (torulomas). Clinically, the course is subacute and may feature HEADACHE; NAUSEA; PHOTOPHOBIA; focal neurologic deficits; SEIZURES; cranial neuropathies; and HYDROCEPHALUS. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp721-2).
Source: MeSH 2007

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Meningitis, Cryptococcal as a Disease

Meningitis, Cryptococcal: Another name for Cryptococcal Meningitis (or close medical condition association).
  »Introduction: Cryptococcal Meningitis
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Meningitis, Cryptococcal: Related Diseases

Meningitis, Cryptococcal: Meningitis, Cryptococcal is listed as a type of (or associated with) the following medical conditions in our database:

Causes of Meningitis, Cryptococcal

Some of the causes of Meningitis, Cryptococcal are included in the list below:

  • 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

Symptoms of Meningitis, Cryptococcal (Cryptococcal Meningitis)

Some of the symptoms of Meningitis, Cryptococcal incude:

Treatments for Meningitis, Cryptococcal (Cryptococcal Meningitis)

Treatments for Meningitis, Cryptococcal (Cryptococcal Meningitis) include:

  • 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

Treatment of Meningitis, Cryptococcal: For more treatment information about Meningitis, Cryptococcal, see treatment of Cryptococcal Meningitis (Meningitis, Cryptococcal)

Meningitis, Cryptococcal: Article Excerpts about Cryptococcal Meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis is a life-threatening infection of the membranes (meninges) that line the brain and spinal cord. ... (Source: excerpt from Cryptococcal Meningitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

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