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Cryptococcosis

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What were the initial signs and symptoms of your Cryptococcosis infection? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Frederick1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had severe headaches, was sleeping more, and had confusion because of cryptococcosis infection.

Comment from: Punkin, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

This person was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer per PET scan that showed lesions in the tibia, hip, femur, right arm, and skull, with holes in the right tibia and the right upper arm. Also 2 spots in liver, and several lymph nodes. Three different biopsies from bone, lymph node and liver were included and after 13 1/2 days he was transferred to another facility. Stayed there 2 days, and was sent home until facility could get records and to follow up as outpatient. Patient's pain became out of control, got to the point he could not walk and was readmitted to the facility. Again, the test indicated metastatic cancer, which now has spread to lungs and kidneys. Pain was out of control! After 6 1/2 weeks, plus 4 biopsies, still uncertain, the patient now developed bowels blockage, no cancer but now Cryptococcosis infection, and the patient was discharged to facility for rehabilitation, has not walked the whole time he has been in hospital, 4 days in rehab, sick, and out of head. I had to stay with him, on 4th day there, he developed another bowel blockage, and was readmitted back to the hospital for 9 days, moved to hospice and died 3 days later, and a horrible death. But the great oncologist told us to be thankful we didn't find cancer, why no positive biopsy, now who failed us! The very first bone biopsy came back as lymphoma.

Medically reviewed by Joanne Getsy, MD; Board Certification in Internal Medicine with Subspecialities in Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine

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