Current Management of Fungal Infections (L Ostrosky-Zeichner, Section Editor)

Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 35-40

Diagnosis and Management of Cryptococcal Disease in Resource-Limited Settings

  • Michelle VanselowAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • , Mary E. BrandtAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • , Benjamin J. ParkAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Email author 

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Abstract

Cryptococcal meningitis is one of the most important fungal infections in the developing world, where deaths related to this disease are numerous. In resource-limited settings, mortality is high in large part because of difficulties in the diagnosis and management of this infection. This paper outlines many of the realities in many resource-limited settings, and describes priorities for public health action and research.

Keywords

Cryptococcus Cryptococcosis Cryptococcal meningitis Diagnosis Management HIV/AIDS Resource-limited settings Amphotericin Fluconazole Lateral flow assay Cryptococcal antigen Latex agglutination