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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The terms "Blastomycosis" returned 91 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 masquerading as pyoderma gangrenosum.
 

Author(s): Marwan M Azar, Ryan F Relich, Bryan H Schmitt, Robert W Spech, Chadi A Hage

Journal: J. Clin. Microbiol.. 2014 Apr;52(4):1298-300.

 

Cutaneous blastomycosis (CB) is associated with a variety of skin manifestations. Among other entities, CB may be mistaken for pyoderma gangrenosum due to overlap of findings on histopathologic examination. We report a case of CB, initially diagnosed as pyoderma gangrenosum and treated ...

Last Updated: 12 Mar 2014

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Autochthonous blastomycosis of the adrenal: first case report from Asia.
 

Author(s): Anil Kumar, Sreekala Sreehari, Kandan Velayudhan, Lalitha Biswas, Rachana Babu, Shabeer Ahmed, Neelakanta Sharma, Vasanth P Kurupath, Annie Jojo, Kavitha R Dinesh, Shamsul Karim, Raja Biswas

Journal: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 2014 Apr;90(4):735-9.

 

Systemic endemic mycoses, such as blastomycosis, are rare in Asia and have been reported as health risks among travelers who visit or reside in an endemic area. Adrenal involvement is rarely seen in blastomycosis and has never been reported from Asia. We report the first case of blastomycosis ...

Last Updated: 3 Apr 2014

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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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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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Coccidioidomycosis and blastomycosis: advances in molecular diagnosis.
 

Author(s): Ralf Bialek, Gloria M González, Dominik Begerow, Ulrike E Zelck

Journal: FEMS Immunol. Med. Microbiol.. 2005 Sep;45(3):355-60.

 

Clinical isolates of Coccidioides spp. and Blastomyces dermatitidis can be identified by chemiluminescent DNA probes and PCR assays targeting multicopy genes. In fixed tissue samples, cells of the two fungi are specified by in situ hybridization and PCR assays targeting 18S rDNA but ...

Last Updated: 6 Sep 2005

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Amphotericin-B and Voriconazole for Pulmonary Blastomycosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Blastomycosis

 

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2014

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