Blastomyces dermatitidis is a dimorphic endemic fungus. Humans most commonly develop pulmonary disease, less frequently bone and skin disease. Pulmonary disease usually manifest radiographically as air-space consolidations or as a masslike lesion frequently with irregular margins or satellite lesions. Blastomycosis infection of the central nervous system involvement occurs rarely but may present as either a mass lesion or with imaging findings consistent with meningitis. Amphotericin B is the treatment of choice for life-threatening and central nervous system disease. Itraconazole can be used for infections that are not life-threatening.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice|
|State||Published - May 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases