What is the treatment for coccidioidomycosis in elderly patients?

Updated: Aug 27, 2019
  • Author: Duane R Hospenthal, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Older patients are at an increased risk for disseminated disease and diffuse progressive pulmonary disease, but not because of age itself. The mortality rate in patients older than 65 years is increased, with one report describing a mortality rate of 15%. However, more than age, the state of the immune system seems to be the most important factor for dissemination of coccidioidomycosis.


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