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Dr. Paul Bourbeau
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Histoplasmosis (Overview)

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 lung or multi-organ infections.


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How do you find explanation for giving my son histoplasmosis?

How do you find explanation for giving my son histoplasmosis?

See Wikipedia: This is an endemic condition in the ohio valley and i presume that he lives there. Wikipedia gives an excellent presentaion of what is known of this disease. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Bourbeau
235 doctors shared insights

Histoplasmosis (Overview)

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 lung or multi-organ infections.


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Is foul smelling breath a symptom of histoplasmosis? What other symptoms are there?

Maybe: Any respiratory tract infection can cause foul smelling sputum. Histoplasmosis can cause fever, night sweats chest pain and fatigue. ...Read more

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What, if any, are the symptoms of histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis: About 90% of infections caused by h. Capsulatum are asymptomatic (produce no symptoms). Occasionally, a few asymptomatic patients will show small scars in lung x-rays. Symptomatic people often develop fever, chills, dry cough, malaise, sweats, and abdominal pains about three to 14 days after exposure. ...Read more

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Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of histoplasmosis?

Yes, but: Most of the time, certainty behind the diagnosis is unnecessary, because we don't usually treat it. Many ways to diagnose "histo", each of which has limitations. Culture of the bug from the body is one, blood/urine tests can suggest (but not confirm, or exclude) infection with histo, and lastly a simple history of your symptoms, the appearance of the xray (or ct) and where you live. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in an immunodiffusion test to diagnose histoplasmosis, patient's serum is placed in a well in an agar plate?

Can you tell me in an immunodiffusion test to diagnose histoplasmosis, patient's serum is placed in a well in an agar plate?

Yes, it is: Immunodiffusion is a test where the antigen is placed in the center of the agar plate and the antibodies (Patient's sera that contain antibodies) in wells at the sides of the dish. The antigen and antibodies diffuse from the wells towards each other; where they meet, there forms a band (precipitate) that can be see. No band - negaative. ...Read more

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What are the tests for histoplasmosis?

What are the tests for histoplasmosis?

Lab Testing: The diagnosis of histoplasmosis can be complicated depending upon the area of the body that is affected. Testing is not usually necessary for mild cases. In more serious or life-threatening cases, the diagnosis may be confirmed by: culturing lung secretions, blood tests immunologic titers, biopsies of the affected tissue (lung), or bone marrow aspiration. ...Read more

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How to know if my husband has contracted histoplasmosis. I am now wondering if this is a threat to my health?

Why do you ask?: Histoplasmosis isn't catching from person to person -- the infectious phase of the organism is found in nature and is different from what may be coughed up. Here in kansas city, almost everybody has survived histoplasmosis and nobody even inquires what that particular chest cold was your infection. ...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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Ocular histoplasmosis question--treatable?

Ocular histoplasmosis question--treatable?

Yes: Earlier the the diagnosis the better. Histo is a fungus infection of eye that can cause scaring and blidness. Treatment includes photocoagulation. Laser surgery by an experienced retina expert. ...Read more