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Chest Infections: Chest Infections I |

Pulmonary Cryptococcosis Among 3 Immunocompetent Patients Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Pneumonia and Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Yi Liang, MD; Ying Shen, MD; Jianquan Zhang, MD; Xiaoning Zhong, MD
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Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A114. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.119
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SESSION TITLE: Chest Infections I

SESSION TYPE: Case Report Poster

PRESENTED ON: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary cryptococcosis (PC) has been recognized an opportunistic infection of lungs caused by Cryptococcusspecies complex, which rarely affected healthy hosts and typically present clinical symptoms as mild or even asymptomatic, Compared to mild patients, those with critical symptoms are reported to demonstrate acute or sub-acute onset, fast evolution and pneumonia-like manifestations that all easily mixed with other pulmonary diseases and complicated the differential diagnosis. We reported 3 immunocompetent patients with severe PC who had been misdiagnosed and treated wrongly for one or two months before the right diagnosis was eventually established.

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