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Patient lived 30 years ago with fungi in the brain

Patient lived 30 years ago with fungi in the brain

A 70-year-old Arizona resident arrived at the hospital with an altered state of mind. The symptoms had been persisting for the last four days. He seemed normal but a little confused. The doctors then performed a medical resonance of the head, the examination showed an injury to his brain. Doctors suspected it could be a sign of metastatic brain cancer. However, when they performed more specific tests such as computed tomography and biopsy, they were surprised to find that in the patient's brain, instead of a malignant tumor there was a fungal infection that was housed in his brain for over 30 years.

The fungus in question was Histoplasma capsulatum, which causes histoplasmosis. This fungus is often found in feces of birds and bats. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores spread through the air, often during the cleaning or demolition of projects.

How did they find that the fungus was housed for more than 30 years in the patient's brain? The answer to that question is a little weird. Histoplasmosis is also known as cave disease since it is caused by contact with feces from bats. However, in Arizona, the presence of bats is not common.

Some places where there is animal presence are Ohio and North Carolina, for example, because they are localities with valleys. The patient said he had visited North Carolina 30 years ago. Soon, doctors concluded that he had the fungus lodged in the brain for about 30 years.

Furthermore, most people with histoplasmosis never develop symptoms and do not know they are infected, as is the case with you. However, one of the factors that facilitate disease contamination is having immunity problems. At the time of contact with the fungus, the patient had performed a heart transplant, which facilitated fungus contamination.


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