Symptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia presenting as early cryptococcal meningitis with negative CSF analysis.

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Summary of "Symptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia presenting as early cryptococcal meningitis with negative CSF analysis."

Individuals with cryptococcal antigenemia are at high risk of developing cryptococcal meningitis if untreated. The progression and timing from asymptomatic infection to cryptococcal meningitis is unclear. We describe a sub-population of individuals with neurologic symptomatic cryptococcal antigenemia, but negative CSF studies.


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Name: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
ISSN: 1537-6591


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Triazole antifungal agent that is used to treat oropharyngeal candidiasis and cryptococcal meningitis in AIDS.

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