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Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Yes: Most of the time histoplasmosis is self limited (meaning it will go away on its own). If you have underlying lung disease or are on immunesuppressants (organ transplant patient, rheumatoid arthritis patient, etc) it may be necessary to take an antifungal called itraconazole (sporonox) for a period of time (usually 30-90 days). A consult with an id specialist is very reasonable. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

Needs checked: Histo infections are usually self limiting in healthy individuals but can be serious in immunocompromised patients. It can be acute or chronic disseminated type and latent type also exists. Rare menifeatation can be Pleuritis manifesting as chest pains. Nevertheless needs complete evaluation by a Physician. ...Read more

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How histoplasmosis enter the body.?If a nodule in lung(3mm) remains unchnged for 6 months, does it mean histoplasmosis.What are the risks factors?

Lungs: Histoplasmosis is very common in ohio valley region. This extends all along mississippi region. It can cause nodules in lung and may be unchanged on x-ray or ct scan. Be aware of it and let your doctor know so you don't get operation for old fonding. ...Read more

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Ct thorax revels that 3mm nodule in lungs remains unchanged.Its 1 yr.Im so hapy, is it still be cancerous or it can grow in future or histoplasmosis?

Ct thorax revels that 3mm nodule in lungs remains unchanged.Its 1 yr.Im so hapy, is it still be cancerous or it can grow in future or histoplasmosis?

Likely no: 3 mm unchanged for 1 year is a good news, unlikely cancer. It is hard to say it is not a cancer, since thee are few very indolent cancers. But i see your age is 19, that again favour against a lung cancer. Unless there is a biopsy nobody can say for sure what it is. ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter has a paratrecheal mass in one lung. What could this be? We have been told it was hystoplasmosis, leukemia, or tuberculosis.

My 5 year old daughter has a paratrecheal mass in one lung. What could this be? We have been told it was hystoplasmosis, leukemia, or tuberculosis.

Paratracheal mass: I don't believe that any of those 3 diagnosis can explain that paratracheal mass based on the usual clinical presentation and radiographic presentation of those diseases. I think that she should have a proper ct scan chest with high resolution and see a cardiothoracic surgeon for consultation. Could it be some kind of anatomic anomaly or diverticulum is possible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ocular histoplasmosis?

Various: Ohs usually has no symptoms in its early stages; the initial ohs infection usually subsides without the need for treatment. This is true for other histo infections; in fact, often the only evidence that the inflammation ever occurred are tiny scars called "histo spots, " which remain at the infection sites. Histo spots do not generally affect vision, but for reasons that are still not well understo. ...Read more

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What are histoplasmosis and emphysema?

What are histoplasmosis and emphysema?

Different illnesses: Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection that tends to affect immunocompromise patients more than normal hosts. It can cause a variety of symptoms including pneumonia but also fibrosis mediastinitis. Emphysema is a lung disease associated with smoking and is not caused by any infection though patients are at increase risk of infections once they have emphysema. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Bourbeau
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Histoplasmosis (Definition)

Histoplasmosis is a condition in which a person becomes infected by inhaling the spores of the Histoplasma fungus, which is found in soil contaminated with bird or bat droppings. The infection causes flu-like symptoms, but can also cause fatal ...Read more