Intra-abdominal Cryptococcosis by Cryptococcus gattii: Case Report and Review

Ara├║jo, Bruno; Bay, Monica; Reichert, Roberta; Goldani, Luciano
July 2012
Mycopathologia;Jul2012, Vol. 174 Issue 1, p81
Academic Journal
Although abdominal cryptococcomas and visceral cryptococcal lymphadenitis as part of disseminated fungal infection have been reported mostly in HIV-infected patients, localized intra-abdominal involvement due to Cryptococcus gattii has not been previously described in non-HIV-infected patients. In general, a smaller proportion of cryptococcosis is caused by C. gattii. We report here on a type II diabetic HIV-negative patient who presented with a localized intra-abdominal cryptococcal mass due to C. gattii. In addition, we review the general aspects of intra-abdominal and gastrointestinal involvement by Cryptococcus neoformans in the literature and discuss the importance of identifying the C. neoformans varieties and C. gattii in routine laboratories.


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