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Doctor insights on: Diseases Caused By Cryptococcal

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Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

No, it is a yeast: Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by a yeast named cryptococcus neoformans. It is treated with a combination of oral or intravenous meds along with some injected into the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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What is average life expectancy with a low CD4 and cryptococcal menengitis?

What is average life expectancy with a low CD4 and cryptococcal menengitis?

No quick answer: Once you get through the meningitis and get started on antiretroviral therapy, things can turn around completely. I have patients who are working and enjoying life 20 years after a diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis. ...Read more

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Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

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

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How is ED caused by Peyronie's disease?

How is ED caused by Peyronie's disease?

Here are...: Thus far, what we've known is as follows: The "scar formation" - Peyronie's plaque - interferes the proper shut-off of venous flow to maintain and sustain the high blood pressure inside corpora cavernosa as penile arteries inflow for erection. Besides, at age goes, many affected men may have some dysfunction of local vessels and nerves for regulating erection so ED ensues. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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What is the cause of communicable diseases?

What is the cause of communicable diseases?

Cause of comm diseas: Cause of communicable diseases? Illness transferred from one person to another by exchanging bodily fluids ,such as HIV, hepatitis. "germs" get 2 ur mouth from a sick person who touched something before u. Or in air from a cough or sneeze. Or food you eat prepared by one who did not wash hands after BM. Worms come thur feet/food. Ticks, fleas, etc can inject u when they bite u. Goggle this. ...Read more

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Is it true that elephantasis disease causes death?

Is it true that elephantasis disease causes death?

Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis is the common name for filariasis, or infection by tropical parasitic larvae transmitted by mosquitoes. Filariasis is caused by nematodes (roundworms) that live in the lymphatics and subcutaneous tissues. There are at least 3 different species. It rarely causes death, but due to extreme swelling of body parts it causes much suffering ; disability. http://tinyurl.com/4mnoe. ...Read more