What causes cryptococcal pneumonia in immunocompromised patients?

Updated: Jan 07, 2019
  • Author: Julie B Zhao, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Cryptococcal pneumonia is more severe in patients with HIV. Patients with pulmonary disease frequently progress to disseminated disease.​ [26]

Most cases are the result of the reactivation of a latent infection.


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