5 DIAGNOSTIC APPROACHES FOR CRYPTOCOCCAL MENINGITIS IN NON-HIV-INFECTED PATIENTS

Better togetherCryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a fungal illness often associated with HIV positive patients; however, an increasing percentage of CM cases in non-HIV-infected individuals, particularly in China, Japan and Taiwan have been identified (article). Diagnosis of CM is perceived to be more difficult in HIV negative patients; this could be both due to physicians overlooking the possibility of CM, and the potentially lower fungal burden in non-HIV-infected patients, leading to low sensitivity in common diagnostic tests. It is therefore very important to evaluate a variety of diagnostic approaches in this patient population.

LIFE-Worldwide have published a detailed newsitem on this subject – go here to read it

Editor-in-Chief , National Aspergillosis Centre
Editor-in-Chief, Research Associate for the National Aspergillosis Centre and PPI Lead for Respiratory Section of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre