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Description:This male patient from the country of Brazil presented with a fungal infection of the face affecting his right eye, upper lip, nares, and tongue. The infection, known as paracoccidioidomycosis, which is also known as Lutz-Splendore-Almeida disease, or Brazilian blastomycosis, is caused by the fungal organism, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.
P. brasiliensis affects the victim in a systemic manner, involving the mucous membranes, lymphatics, skeletal and respiratory systems. Individuals who are immunocompromised, as is the case in those patients with AIDS, or undergoing chemotherapy, are most susceptible to acquiring this fungal disease.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Lucille K. Georg
Creation Date:1965
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Links:CDC - Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal; von Glehn F, Damasceno A, Miotto N, Naseri EP, Costalla LTL, Fran├ža MC Jr, et al. Carpal tunnel syndrome with paracoccidioidomycosis [letter]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2012 Aug
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