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Histoplasmosis in two aboriginal patients from Australia's tropical Northern Territory

Ralph, Anna P., Raines, M., Rode, J. W. and Currie, Bart J. (2006). Histoplasmosis in two aboriginal patients from Australia's tropical Northern Territory. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,100(9):888-890.

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Title Histoplasmosis in two aboriginal patients from Australia's tropical Northern Territory
Author Ralph, Anna P.
Raines, M.
Rode, J. W.
Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 100
Issue Number 9
ISSN 0035-9203   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 888
End Page 890
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Abstract Endemic histoplasmosis occurs uncommonly in Australia and has not previously been reported in the tropical Northern Territory, nor in Aboriginal Australian patients. We report one suspected and one confirmed case of severe disseminated histoplasmosis in Aboriginal Australians from the Northern Territory. Underlying illness included chronic cardiac disease and Type 1 diabetes mellitus, respectively, and neither patient was infected with HIV. The clinical presentations resembled malignancy. Diagnosis of histoplasmosis was made on the basis of bowel histology in Case 1, demonstrating characteristic yeasts, and lymph node histology and culture in Case 2. Histoplasmosis should be considered in relevant clinical situations, even in HIV-negative patients who have not left Australia. (C) 2005 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All. rights reserved.
Keywords disseminated histoplasmosis
aboriginal australian
australia
cave
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trstmh.2005.10.011   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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