Cutaneous cryptococcosis mimicking basal cell carcinoma in a patient with AIDS

Rosemarie Ingleton, Evelyn Koestenblatt, Philip Don, Howard Levy, Wojciech Szaniawski, Jeffrey M. Weinberg

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Background: Cryptococcosis is an opportunistic infection caused by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. This ubiquitous organism has emerged as a frequent finding in immunosuppressed patients, especially those with underlying malignancies, organ transplants, and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Cutaneous manifestations of cryptococcosis occur in 10 to 15% of patients having systemic involvement. These skin lesions may simulate a variety of different disease entities. Methods: A case of crytococcosis mimicking a basal cell carcinoma is the subject of a case report presentation. Results: A case of cutaneous cryptococcosis mimicking basal cell carcinoma occurred in a patient with AIDS, who did not appear to have dissemination, but was treated aggressively to stem possible occult systemic disease. Conclusion: Cutaneous crytococcosis may mimic other dermatologic disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


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