Definition of Histoplasmosis
Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Symptoms of this infection vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Other organs are occassionally affected; this is called disseminated histoplasmosis and can be fatal if left untreated.
Examples of Histoplasmosis in the following topics:
- Histoplasmosis is common among AIDS patients due to their suppressed immune system.
- Chronic histoplasmosis cases can resemble tuberculosis, and disseminated histoplasmosis affects multiple organ systems and is fatal unless treated.
- Histoplasmosis may be divided into the following types: primary pulmonary histoplasmosis, progressive disseminated histoplasmosis, primary cutaneous histoplasmosis, and African histoplasmosis.
- Histoplasmosis can be diagnosed by samples containing the fungusken from sputum, blood, or infected organs.
- Formal histoplasmosis diagnoses are often confirmed only by culturing the fungus directly.
- Histoplasmosis is a disease caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum.
- Endemic to portions of North America, blastomycosis causes clinical symptoms similar to histoplasmosis.
- Histoplasma capsulatum results in the formation of histoplasmosis in humans, dogs and cats.