What are symptoms of respiratory (pulmonary) coccidioidomycosis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2019
  • Author: Duane R Hospenthal, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pulmonary coccidioidomycosis may be difficult to differentiate from other acute or subacute respiratory infections with fever. Most symptomatic primary infections are not easily diagnosed as coccidioidomycosis unless classic findings (eg, erythema nodosum) are present in an endemic area.

Respiratory symptoms are related to the severity of lung involvement and destruction, and they range from cough, to mild respiratory distress, to respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome.


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