MY1804-1

Skin lesions: Cryptococcus neoformans – Shipped April 16, 2018

HISTORY

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.

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