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Coccidioides Immitis in AIDS Patients

  • John N. Galgiani
  • Neil M. Ampel
  • Cinthia L. Dols
  • Douglas G. Fish

Abstract

Coccidioidomycosis is a systemic fungal infection endemic to parts of the southwestern United States and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere (Bronnimann and Galgiani, 1989). In most patients, Coccidioides immitis produces relatively minor and transient symptoms typical of a subacute respiratory illness that may not even need medical attention. Occasionally, such early infections are identified by seeing characteristic spherules in respiratory secretions, recovering C. immitis in culture, or detecting highly specific anticoccidioidal antibodies in a patient’s serum. For this stage of infection, treatment is not required to resolve the illness if the patient is otherwise healthy.

Keywords

Pulmonary Nodule Acquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Immune Deficiency Syndrome Pleuritic Chest Pain Exogenous Infection 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. Galgiani
    • 1
  • Neil M. Ampel
    • 1
  • Cinthia L. Dols
    • 1
  • Douglas G. Fish
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical Centerthe University of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA

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