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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000117
Case Reports

Cryptococcus neoformans as a Rare Cause of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in a Healthy 24-Year-Old

Cho, Roy MD*; Harmon, Keith MD; Davies, Scott MD*

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Abstract: Symptomatic pulmonary cryptococcus is rare in healthy patients and uncommon even in immunocompromised patients. We describe a case of pulmonary cryptococcus that caused acute respiratory distress syndrome in a healthy host. Distinctively, this case is a rare description of significant respiratory failure from isolated pulmonary Cryptococcus neoformans with the exclusion of Cryptococcus gattii and review of the literature.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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