Cryptococcosis Topic Guide
Cryptococcosis: Cryptococcus gattii and C. neoformans are two fungi that cause cryptococcosis when inhaled. Symptoms include fever, cough, headache, seizure, coma, meningitis, chest pain, nausea and vomiting. Treatment depends upon the patient's overall health and extent of the infection. Non-immunosuppressed patients are usually treated with amphotericin B alone or with flucytosine for a few weeks.
Coma Coma is a state of unconsciousness in which the patient does not consiously respond to the environment and stimuli. Causes of coma include head trauma, bleeding in the brain, skull fractures, brain swelling, lack of oxygen to the brain, poisons, and endocrine disorders. The Glasgow Coma Scale is a tool physicians use to rate the depth of coma of a patient. The outlook of coma for a patient depends on the cause of the coma and the damage to the brain and other organs of the patient's body.