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Description:Under a magnification of 800X, this photomicrograph of a lung lesion tissue specimen, revealed some of the cytoarchitectural morphology associated with the disease cryptococcosis due to the infiltration of Cryptococcus. sp. fungal organisms.
What are the symptoms of a cryptococcal infection?

Cryptococcal infection may cause a pneumonia-like illness, with shortness of breath, coughing and fever. Skin lesions may also occur. Another common form of cryptococcosis is central nervous system infection, such as meningoencephalitis. People with cryptococcal meningoencephalitis are usually immunocompromised. Symptoms may include fever, headache, or change in mental status.

How soon do symptoms appear?

Incubation times vary for infection due to Cryptococcus species. Symptoms from C. gattii infection are estimated to begin anywhere from 2-11 months after exposure. The incubation time for C. neoformans is not known.

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Creation Date:1971
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