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Fatal Histoplasma capsulatum mitral endocarditis in a French patient treated for rheumatoid arthritis



Fatal Histoplasma capsulatum mitral endocarditis in a French patient treated for rheumatoid arthritis



Mycopathologia 173(2-3): 183-186



Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by the inhalation of Histoplasma capsulatum spores, a fungus encountered in many diverse areas around the world. Although this infection is often asymptomatic, it may become dramatic in immunocompromised patients. In November 2005, an endocarditis due to Histoplasma capsulatum was diagnosed in a French woman treated for rheumatoid arthritis and who had traveled to South America 2 years earlier. We confirmed the biological diagnosis by mycological, serological, and histological methods. In spite of receiving the appropriate treatment, the patient died 3 months later of cardiac insufficiency. We report here this additional case of Histoplasma endocarditis, by hoping to help rapid and accurate diagnosis of such infections in their early stages of development, in non-endemic areas.

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PMID: 22042634

DOI: 10.1007/s11046-011-9489-4


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