ISOLATED PULMONARY CRYPTOCOCCOSIS IN PREGNANCY

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Abstract

Background

Isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis in an immunocompetent parturient host is a rare event. Little is known about this condition, its prognosis, and its treatment in the immunocompetent pregnant woman.

Case

A 28-year-old woman, para 3, was diagnosed with isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis postpartum. She had delivered a healthy neonate at term who revealed no clinical features compatible with maternal-fetal transmission. The woman was monitored closely throughout the course of her disease and radiogic, clinical, and serologic resolution was achieved after treatment with fluconazole.

Conclusion

Patients with pulmonary cryptococcosis present with clinical pictures similar to other well-known diseases such as septic pulmonary emboli or choriocarcinoma. Treatment with triazole antifungal therapy yielded favorable results in our patient with this rare condition.

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