One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infestation with a yeastlike fungus, resulting in tumors in the lungs and sometimes spreading to the brain.
The fungus is Cryptococcus neoformans, phylum Basidiomycota, class Basidiomycetes
- ‘These patients were not treated for cryptococcosis; only one of them, age 82 years, died.’
- ‘Other fungal infections to consider include cryptococcosis, blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis and sporotrichosis.’
- ‘A similar phenomenon is seen with other infections, such as leprosy, leishmaniasis, and fungal diseases including cryptococcosis and sporotrichosis.’
- ‘No acid-fast staining was seen in cases of cryptococcosis or candidiasis.’
- ‘In contrast, no high-risk geographical area exists for cryptococcosis.’
- ‘The epidemiology of cryptococcosis has changed over the years because of the AIDS epidemic.’
- ‘In conclusion, the results of the present series showed that the incidence of cryptococcosis is on the rise in this part of India and this can be attributed to an increase in AIDS cases.’
- ‘Disseminated cryptococcosis begins as an infection in the respiratory tract that spreads hematogenously from the primary pulmonary site to the skin, prostate, liver, kidneys, bone, and peritoneum.’
- ‘Other infections healing with multiple residual calcifications include cryptococcosis, nocardiosis, actinomycosis, and coccidiodomycosis.’
- ‘More importantly, an increasing frequency of both HIV drug resistance and new infections suggests that morbidity and mortality due to cryptococcosis could increase again in the near future.’
- ‘The need for prophylaxis or suppressive therapy for other fungal infections should be considered in making decisions about prophylaxis for cryptococcosis.’
- ‘It's likely you won't notice any signs or symptoms after contracting cryptococcosis.’
- ‘No evidence shows that exposure to pigeon droppings is associated with an increased risk for acquiring cryptococcosis.’
- ‘Leishmania may be associated with dermatofibroma, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, bacillary angiomatosis, cryptococcosis and oral aphthous ulceration.’
- ‘No data exist on which to base specific recommendations for children, but lifelong suppressive therapy with fluconazole after an episode of cryptococcosis is appropriate.’
1930s: from modern Latin Cryptococcus (part of the binomial of the fungus) + -osis.
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