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VOLUME 23 , ISSUE 12 ( December, 2019 ) > List of Articles


A Rare Case of Combined Pulmonary Cryptococcosis and Cryptococcal Meningitis in Renal Allograft Recipient

Prakash Shastri, Ravi Kumar, Pallav Gupta

Keywords : Cryptococcal infection, Cryptococcus neoformans, Diagnosis, Imaging, Pathology, Pulmonary cryptococcosis

Citation Information : Shastri P, Kumar R, Gupta P. A Rare Case of Combined Pulmonary Cryptococcosis and Cryptococcal Meningitis in Renal Allograft Recipient. Indian J Crit Care Med 2019; 23 (12):587-589.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23311

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Invasive cryptococcosis is the third most common invasive fungal infection among organ transplant recipients.1 The most frequently encountered clinical manifestation is cryptococcal meningoencephalitis (CM) which may be easily missed because of varying clinical presentations. 1-year mortality is estimated at 20–30% even with long-term consolidated antifungal therapy. Here we report a case of combined pulmonary and cryptococcal meningitis in a renal allograft recipient. This case illustrates the difficulty of estimating the real extent of the disease when only clinical features are considered. The patient presented with nonspecific symptoms. Chest computed tomography (CT) scans revealed multiple pulmonary nodular shadows. The CT-guided biopsy of the pulmonary nodule clinched the diagnosis of pulmonary cryptococcosis (PC). The central nervous system (CNS) cryptococcosis was proved by positive culture and crypto-LA antigen in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

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