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Definition of Cryptococcosis

Cryptococcosis: Infection with fungus (usually in a yeast form) from the genus Cryptococcus, such as Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii. Cryptococcosis is generally a rare condition, but about 7%-15% of people with AIDS may acquire the infection. Infection is rare but can also occur in people with a normally functioning immune system. The infection can manifest as pneumonia with spread to the brain and other organs. Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis is fatal if not treated. Amphotericin B and other antifungal medications are used to treat cryptococcosis.

REFERENCE:

King, John W., and Meredith L. DeWitt. "Cryptococcosis." eMedicine.com. Oct. 30, 2009. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/215354-overview>.


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