Endemic mycoses: Overlooked causes of community acquired pneumonia.

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Endemic mycoses: Overlooked causes of community acquired pneumonia.

Respir Med. 2012 Mar 2;

Authors: Hage CA, Knox KS, Wheat LJ

Abstract
The endemic mycoses are important but often overlooked causes for community acquired pneumonia. Delays in recognition, diagnosis and proper treatment often lead to disastrous outcomes. This topic is not usually discussed in reviews and guidelines addressing the subject of community acquired pneumonia. In this review we discuss the three major endemic mycoses in North America that present as community acquired pneumonias; Coccidioidomycosis, Histoplasmosis and Blastomycosis. We discuss their epidemiology, clinical presentations, methods of diagnosis and current treatment strategies.

PMID: 22386326 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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