Skin lesions: Cryptococcus neoformans – Shipped April 16, 2018
This challenge was sent as a simulated a skin sample obtained from superficial lesions. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Cryptococcus neoformans.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from MY1804-1
- Cutaneous cryptococosis can occur as the result of primary infection (direct infection through a contaminated object) or disseminated systemic disease.
- Skin lesions are observed in 6% of AIDS-associated disseminated cryptococcosis and in 10% to 15% of cases associated with sarcoidosis, organ transplantation, or treatment with high doses of corticosteroids.