An unique case of primary pulmonary cryptococcosis with extensive chest wall invasion

Mitsuoka, S.; Kanazawa, H.
January 2005
Thorax;Jan2005, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p86
Academic Journal
This article presents a case of primary pulmonary cryptococcosis with extensive chest wall invasion. An abnormality was found on the chest radiograph of a 56 year old man during a medical check up. Three months later the bloody sputum and left chest pain were aggravated; the left chest was swollen and pain increased and the patient was admitted a month later. A malignant tumour was strongly suspected and the tumour was biopsied by small thoracotomy. After biopsy, drainage was performed, yielding about 50 ml of a reddish brown jelly-like substance. Cryptococcus neoformans alone was found, without any indication of malignancy in the biopsy and drainage samples.


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