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Mycoses. 1998 Mar-Apr;41(3-4):105-7.

African histoplasmosis: osteomyelitis of the radius.

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Orthopedic Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria.


Bone lesions in African histoplasmosis caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var, duboisii, without other signs of the infection, are often misdiagnosed as cancer. A case of isolated osteomyelitis due to this fungus in a 30-year-old woman is described. Diagnostic and therapeutic problems of isolated bone lesions in African histoplasmosis are discussed. A high diagnostic index of African histoplasmosis is advocated in isolated bone lesions in the endemic region of this disease.

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