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South Med J. 2007 Jul;100(7):709-11.

A case of laryngeal paracoccidioidomycosis masquerading as chronic obstructive lung disease.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Dr. Domingo Luciani, Caracas, Venezuela. mjtristano@cantv.net

Abstract

Paracoccidioidomycosis (South American blastomycosis) is a systemic infection caused by a dimorphic fungus (Paracoccidioides brasiliensis). It is common in the rural areas of Latin America. The majority of the reported cases come from Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Paracoccidioidomycosis is the most important systemic mycosis of the tropical Americas and can affect any organ, causing symptomatic or asymptomatic lesions. Paracoccidioidomycosis can mimic other diseases, which must be considered in making the differential diagnosis. Patients get infected by inhaling mycelia found in the natural environment or rarely from traumatic inoculation via mucous membranes. The most common lesions frequently occur in the buccal pharynx mucosa. Others lesions occur in the larynx, adrenal glands, liver, bones, gastrointestinal tract, lungs and nervous system.

PMID:
17639751
DOI:
10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31804b187d
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