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MARTINS, Ricardo Luiz M.; SANTOS, Clarice G. F.; FRANCA, Filomena Rita F.C. and MORAES, Mário A.P.. Adiaspiromicose humana. Relato de um caso tratado com cetoconazol. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 1997, vol.30, n.6, pp. 507-509. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86821997000600011.
A case of human disseminated pulmonary adiaspiromycosis is reported. The patient, from Goianesia, GO, was admitted to the Brasilia University Hospital, in November 1992, with wet cough, dyspnea and weight loss ¾ manifestations that had appeared two months before. Prior to admission, he had been treated for a suspected miliary tuberculosis, because a chest roentgenogram had shown a diffuse reticulonodular infiltrate in both lungs. This therapy brought no improvement to the patient status. An open chest biopsy was then performed, and the microscopic examination of the lung tissue revealed the fungal nature of the disease. Ketoconazole, 400mg/day, was started and the patient discharged from the hospital. He was seen again two months later: the respiratory manifestations had disappeared and a new chest roentgenogram showed complete resolution of the pulmonary lesions. The usefulness of ketoconazole is, however, questioned, since, as there is no multiplication of the fungus in the host organism ¾ adiaspiromycosis. is believed to be, usually, a self-healing disease -, the efficacy of this imidazole derivative against the agent in animal tissues remains to be confirmed.
Keywords : Adiaspiromycosis; Chrysosporium parvum var crescens; Emmonsia crescens; Pulmonary mycosis.