Cryptococcosis - Risks

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Who gets cryptococcosis?

Cryptococcosis is disease due to a species of the fungus Cryptococcus. C. neoformans typically infects immunocompromised persons. Most people in the United States who develop cryptococcal infections are HIV-positive. However, occasionally persons with no apparent immune system problems develop cryptococcosis. Infections with C. gattii have also occurred in healthy persons without compromised immune systems.

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Comment from: Dennis, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I contracted this fungus while serving in Afghanistan. I am a healthy person without HIV. I believe I was exposed during a dust storm. Eight months later, I'm still having trouble breathing, but I'm doing a lot better. My lifestyle has changed. I accept life and will work on getting better. I am taking fluconazole 200 mg once a day, but I've been told after I've recovered I will only be at 70%-80%. My lung will be scarred for life, and I will have trouble breathing.

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Comment from: Suszanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I contracted cryptococcosis without knowing it. I finally ended up in emergency because I couldn't breathe properly. I was in the hospital for a month and was on intravenous amphotericin B for two weeks straight. I had many CT scans, MRIs, and blood work every week until the infection was out of the blood. Now I am dealing with 8 months of muscle atrophy because I was so weak when I came out of the hospital. Now I am working on getting myself better and stronger to return back to work.

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