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 90 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Blastomycosis mortality rates, United States, 1990-2010.
 

Author(s): Diana Khuu, Shira Shafir, Benjamin Bristow, Frank Sorvillo

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2014 Nov;20(11):1789-94.

 

Blastomycosis is a potentially fatal fungal infection endemic to parts of North America. We used national multiple-cause-of-death data and census population estimates for 1990-2010 to calculate age-adjusted mortality rates and rate ratios (RRs). We modeled trends over time using Poisson ...

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

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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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The terms "Blastomycosis" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Successful treatment of osseous blastomycosis without pulmonary or disseminated disease and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Shandra R Day, David B Weiss, Kevin C Hazen, Christopher C Moore

Journal: Diagn. Microbiol. Infect. Dis.. 2014 Jun;79(2):242-4.

 

Blastomycosis commonly occurs following inhalation of Blastomyces dermatitidis conidia causing a pulmonary infection and can disseminate to extrapulmonary sites. Osseous involvement primarily results from hematogenous spread, but in rare cases, direct inoculation can occur. We describe ...

Last Updated: 19 May 2014

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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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Amphotericin-B and Voriconazole for Pulmonary Blastomycosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Blastomycosis

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015

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