What are the signs and symptoms of fungal pneumonia?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Romeo A Mandanas, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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History findings in persons with fungal pneumonia may include the following:

  • Fever

  • Cough, usually nonproductive

  • Pleuritic chest pain or dull discomfort

  • Progressive dyspnea leading to respiratory failure

  • Airway obstructive symptoms from enlarged mediastinal adenopathy in the endemic mycoses

  • Hemoptysis (in invasive aspergillosis or mucormycosis)

  • History of travel to or exposure in areas containing endemic mycoses

  • Symptoms from involvement of extrapulmonary systems (may suggest disease)

  • Rheumatologic syndromes (common among endemic mycoses) - Arthritis and arthralgia, erythema nodosum, erythema multiforme, and pericarditis

  • Endemic mycoses with associated dissemination

  • Hypersensitivity or allergic reactions

  • Extrapulmonary sites in individuals who are immunocompromised

  • Meningoencephalitis in patients with AIDS and cryptococ


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