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Not your “Typical Patient”: Cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompetent adult (p. 3050-2)

Not your “Typical Patient”: Cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompetent adult (p. 3050-2)

Emine Arman Firat1, Zeynep Ture2, Hafize Sav3, lhami Celik1
1City Hospital of Kayseri, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Kayseri, Turkey
2Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Kayseri, Turkey
3City Hospital of Kayseri, Division of Mycology, Kayseri, Turkey

Abstract

Cryptococcal meningitis is a very rare type of infection in healthy adults. Such patients may present with the symptoms of increased intracranial pressure. Rapid diagnosis of infection, rapid intervention to reduce intracranial pressure and appropriate antifungal therapy are important to reduce mortality. In here we report a case of cryptococcal meningitis infection. An immunocompetent patient presented to our clinic with the complaints of headache and dizziness for a month. The findings of the physical examination supported with meningitis. Cryptococcus neoformans growth was observed on blood and cerebrospinal fluid culture. Despite the appropriate antifungal therapy, patient died because of the delaying in the diagnosis.

Keywords: Cryptococcus neoformans; cryptococcal meningitis; meningitis; immunocompetent adult

 

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Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.

 

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