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Cryptococcal Meningitis Rash And Lupus
I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?
Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surveillance: is an important tool in the identification of cryptococcal infections in high risk populations. Guidelines can be found here: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241502979_eng.pdf In the general population symptoms and physical findings would result in a diagnostic spinal tap to make a diagnosis. MRI is indicated when the immune status of the infected individual precludes an inflammatory of antibody response. In that situation an MRI WITH contrast is necessary to identify the presence of infection. ...Read more
Please help all of my doctors are stumped . What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis ?
Should my doctors reconsider lupus diagnosis after getting viral meningitis twice in 10 months despite markers negative after plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and prednisone?
See below: If you have doubts with your diagnosis, you might want to seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Is hair loss permanent from taking 600mg of fluconazole for a year due to cryptococcal neoformans meningitis?
I DON'T: Honestly, I am not aware such drug is indicated for such condition. ...Read more
I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?
Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash? My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test. Thank you
Have it examined: I would not take chances, all tests can have false positives, but you should respect this and have it looked at and treated immediaely if necessary ...Read more