Peter Pappas

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Cryptococcus neoformans

OVERVIEW: What every clinician needs to know Pathogen name and classification Cryptococcus neoformans – a basidomycetous fungus that has two distinct varieties (C. neoformans var grubii, formerly Type A; and C. neoformans var neoformans, formerly Type D). Cryptococcus gattii (formerly C. neoformans Types B and C) is considered a separate species. What is the best…

Chronic Pneumonia (not TB)

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Are you sure your patient has chronic pneumonia? What should you expect to find? Chronic pneumonia is a pulmonary parenchymal process that can be infectious or non-infectious and that has been present for weeks to months rather than days. Chronic pneumonia is manifested by abnormal chest radiographic findings…

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