Erythema Nodosum and a Cavitary Lung Lesion in a Febrile Returned Traveler from Arizona: a Case of Coccidioidomycosis

Abstract

Coccidioidomycosis incidence has been increasing recently in endemic regions. The disease can manifest with variable pulmonary and cutaneous presentations, challenging the clinical diagnosis. Our case highlights the differential diagnosis that must be considered for presentations of erythema nodosum and cavitating lung lesions and the importance of synthesizing the entire patient history—including travel history—for construction of appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans.

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AK, ANM, TC-K, and HR contributed to data extraction and literature review and were responsible for the initial draft of the manuscript. AKB conceived the report and contributed to data extraction, literature review, and writing of the manuscript. All authors revised the manuscript critically for important content and approved the final version for submission. All serve as guarantors of the work.

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Correspondence to Andrea K. Boggild.

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Aisha Khatib, Avinash N. Mukkala, Tianna Chong-Kit, and Hira Raheel each declare no potential conflicts of interest. Andrea K. Boggild is a Section Editor for Current Infectious Disease Reports.

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Khatib, A., Mukkala, A.N., Chong-Kit, T. et al. Erythema Nodosum and a Cavitary Lung Lesion in a Febrile Returned Traveler from Arizona: a Case of Coccidioidomycosis. Curr Infect Dis Rep 23, 1 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11908-020-00745-8

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Keywords

  • Cavitary lung lesion
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Fever in the returning traveler
  • Valley fever