Blastomycosis

Common Name(s)

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis is a rare infection that may develop when people inhale a fungus called Blastomyces dermatitidis, a fungus that is found in moist soil, particularly where there is rotting vegetation. The fungus enters the body through the lungs, infecting them. The fungus then spreads to other areas of the body. The infection may affect the skin, bones and joints, and other areas. The disease usually affects people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or who have had an organ transplant.
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Blastomycosis" returned 86 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Blastomycosis diagnosed in a nonhyperendemic area.
 

Author(s): Bridget L Pfaff, William A Agger, Thomas J Volk

Journal: WMJ. 2014 Feb;113(1):11-8; quiz 19.

 

Blastomycosis, caused by the dimorphic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis, is hyperendemic in northern Wisconsin and is unevenly distributed in the rest of the state and contiguous Minnesota. Clinical presentation of this illness has been characterized by localized outbreaks and sporadic ...

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2014

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Cutaneous blastomycosis: a clue to a systemic disease.
 

Author(s): Alex G Ortega-Loayza, Tuyet Nguyen

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;88(2):287-9.

 

A 55-year-old male presented with back pain and slightly tender annular plaques with central ulceration on his face. A skin biopsy revealed scattered yeast with broad based buds. A CT scan of the abdomen revealed a pathologic T12 fracture. Tissue obtained from the spine confirmed ...

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2013

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Clinical and molecular epidemiology of veterinary blastomycosis in Wisconsin.
 

Author(s): Jennifer L Anderson, Brian L Sloss, Jennifer K Meece

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Several studies have shown that Blastomyces dermatitidis, the etiologic agent of blastomycosis, is a genetically diverse pathogen. Blastomycosis is a significant health issue in humans and other mammals. Veterinary and human isolates matched with epidemiological case data from the ...

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2013

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The terms "Blastomycosis" returned 10 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Disseminated blastomycosis in a child with a brief review of the Indian literature.
 

Author(s): G Raghurama Rao, Betsy Lakshmi Narayan, B K Durga Prasad, A Amareswar, M Sridevi, Buchi Raju

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;79(1):92-6.

 

Disseminated blastomycosis is rare in India, particularly in the pediatric population. We discuss the clinical picture, progress and outcome of disseminated blastomycosis in a 4-year-old child. We also present a brief review of the literature focussing on the scenario of blastomycosis in India.

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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Blastomycosis in China: a case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Tie-Mei Zhao, Jie Gao, Dan-Yang She, Liang-An Chen

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2011 Dec;124(24):4368-71.

 

Blastomycosis is a fungal disease that is endemic in parts of North America. It is very rare in China and also commonly misdiagnosed, often as cancer or other infectious diseases. The clinical profile of a case of disseminated blastomycosis with pulmonary changes and skin ulcers was ...

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2012

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Clinical and laboratory update on blastomycosis.
 

Author(s): Michael Saccente, Gail L Woods

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2010 Apr;23(2):367-81.

 

Blastomycosis is endemic in regions of North America that border the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, as well as in the Mississippi River and Ohio River basins. Men are affected more often than women and children because men are more likely to participate in activities that ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2010

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