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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 139-141

Cryptococcosis with tuberculosis: Overlooked coinfections

1 Department of Clinical Microbiology, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Medicine, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Marilyn M Ninan
Department of Clinical Microbiology, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jgid.jgid_330_20

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Tuberculosis and cryptococcosis are important opportunistic pathogens causing significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. Concurrent infections of these two agents are rarely reported. We report five cases of culture-proven coinfection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Cryptococcus neoformans during inpatient admission at a tertiary care hospital in southern India between 2007 and 2019. Four patients were persons living with HIV infection and one was on immune suppression for chronic renal disease. Maintaining a high degree of clinical suspicion will ensure early diagnosis and appropriate management of coinfections in the immunocompromised individual.

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