Dual infective pathology in patients with cryptococcal meningitis

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Abstract

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Coinfection of the nervous system by two distinct nonviral organisms is uncommon and often undiagnosed. Medical teaching emphasizes that a single pathologic process should be sought; however, in the presence of severe immunocompromise this approach may not hold true. We describe seven HIV-1 seropositive patients with cryptococcal meningitis, three of whom had a proven nervous system infection with a second organism: concurrent tuberculous meningitis, a tuberculoma, and the first documented case of cryptococcal meningitis and neurosyphilis.

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