With increasing numbers of travelers and immunocompromised patients, histoplasmosis, caused by the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, has become a disease of national extent. The clinical spectrum of histoplasmosis is very wide, in terms of disease cadence, onset, distribution, and severity. A multipronged approach is recommended for diagnosis. Manifestations that are always treated include moderate to severe acute pulmonary histoplasmosis, disseminated disease, and histoplasmosis in immunocompromised individuals. Amphotericin B is the drug of choice for moderate to severe and disseminated presentations, whereas itraconazole is appropriate for mild disease and as step-down therapy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine