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Título: Twelve years of coccidioidomycosis in Ceará state, northeast Brazil : epidemiologic and diagnostic aspects
Autor(es): Cordeiro, Rossana de Aguiar
Brilhante, Raimunda Sâmia
Rocha, Marcos Fábio Gadelha
Fechine, Maria Auxiliadora Bezerra
Camargo, Zoilo Pires de
Sidrim, José Júlio Costa
Bandeira, Silviane Praciano
Palavras-chave: Coccidioidomicose
Data do documento: Jan-2010
Editor: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Citação: CORDEIRO, R. A. ; BRILHANTE, R. S. N. ; ROCHA, M. F. G. ; BANDEIRA, S. P. ; FECHINE, M. A. B. ; CAMARGO, Z. P. ; SIDRIM, J. J. C. (2010)
Abstract: Coccidioidomycosis is an endemic infection in the Americas caused by the dimorphic fungi Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii . Although the disease occurs in Brazil in sporadic form, little information about these cases is available. In this study, we summarize the most important clinical, epidemiologic, and diagnostic features of coccidioidomycosis in Ceará State (Northeast Brazil) during the past 12 years. In this period, 19 cases of coccidioidomycosis were diagnosed. All the patients were young males and came from semiarid areas of the state. The majority of cases were associated to armadillo hunting, and pulmonary disease was the most common clinical presentation. In our laboratory, coccidioidomycosis was confirmed by culture, serology, and polymerase chain reaction tests, which together were very suitable for the diagnosis of this disease. Based on our local experience, we believe many cases of this disease are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed in our region. Therefore, some strategies for improvement of diagnosis should be encouraged by local authorities
Descrição: CORDEIRO, Rossana de Aguiar ; BRILHANTE, Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira ; ROCHA, Marcos Fábio Gadelha ; BANDEIRA, Silviane Praciano ; FECHINE, Maria Auxiliadora Bezerra ; CAMARGO, Zoilo Pires de ; SIDRIM, José Júlio Costa. Twelve years of coccidioidomycosis in Ceará State, northeast Brazil : epidemiologic and diagnostic aspects. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, v. 66, n. 1, p. 65-72, jan. 2010.
ISSN: 0732-8893
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