Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 50(3); 2001 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2001;50(3):359-366.
DOI:    Published online March 1, 2001.
Various Pulmonary Manifestations of the Cryptococcal Pneumoniae in the three Immunocompetent Patients.
Jin Chan park, Hyung Tae Kim, Hun Jeung, Ji Han Park, Jae Hyuck Choi, Hyeon Tae Kim, Jae Min Park, Yong Hee Lee, Jeung Sook Kim
More than half of the cryptococcal infections occur in acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) patients, and more than half of the non-AIDS patients with cryptococcosis are immunocompromised. Most immunocompromised patients have meningoencephalitis at the time of diagnosis. Without the appropriate therapy, this from of the infection is invariably fatal. Death can occur any time from 2 weeks to several years after the onset of symptoms. Pulmonary crytococcosis in immunocompromised patients is usually asymptomatic, but coughing, chest pain, fever, or hemoptysis may occur in immunocompetent patients. Pulmonary cryptococcosis symptoms in immunocompetent patients tend to improve without treatment. Here, we describe the various pulmonary manifestations of cryptococcal pneumoniae in three immunocmpetent patients.
Key Words: Pulmonary cryptococcosis, Immunocompetent

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