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Cryptococcosis

Medical Mycology

Systemic Mycoses Caused by Opportunistic Fungi

  1. John R. Perfect MD,
  2. Gary M. Cox MD

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0159

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Perfect, J. R. and Cox, G. M. 2010. Cryptococcosis. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. Duke University Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    History
  • 2
    Mycology
  • 3
    Ecology
  • 4
    Epidemiology
  • 5
    Pathophysiology and Immunology
  • 6
    Clinical Presentation
  • 7
    Diagnosis
  • 8
    Management
  • 9
    Prognostic Factors
  • 10
    Prevention

Keywords:

  • cryptococcosis;
  • Cryptococcus neoformans-encapsulated heterobasidiomycetous fungus, a major human pathogen;
  • C. neoformans-commonly identified pathogen from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cultures in adults;
  • life cycle of C. neoformans-two forms, asexual and sexual;
  • capsular polysaccharide impact on host immunity-being very profound;
  • C. neoformans var. neoformans and var. grubii;
  • Cryptococcosis-worldwide infection, disseminated disease in healthy individuals;
  • Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis-frequently encountered manifestation of cryptococcosis