Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
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PINTO JUNIOR, Vitor Laerte et al. Importance of culture of urine in the diagnosis of AIDS associated cryptococcosis. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2006, vol.39, n.2, pp.230-232. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822006000200020.
In this retrospective study we analyzed 70 HIV patients with cryptococcosis over a 16-years period. The specimens with the best positivity were CSF (97.8%) followed by the culture of urine sediment (86.7%) and blood culture (58.8%). We conclude that the urine could be a useful tool for the diagnosis of cryptococcosis.
Keywords : Cryptococcosis; Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; Diagnosis; Urine; Cryptococcus neoformans.