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Saturday, January 20, 2018

In the brain of an American, 30 years lived deadly mushrooms


American doctors found in the brains of seventy-year resident of Arizona, is a fungal infection not manifested itself for unprecedented long time. Threat to health and life of fungi began to affect the condition of the patient, only 30 years after infection.


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The man turned to the experts, feeling a “altered mental status” and in his brain, doctors discovered the parasite Histoplasma capsulatum. Spores of these fungi occur in the litter of bats and birds. A person who has inhaled these spores are likely to be infected lungs, and in some cases, other organs. The fungus causes a disease called “histoplasmosis”, which primarily affects people with weakened owing to various reasons immune.

In the fact of infection specialists did not see anything surprising in 1986 he underwent a heart transplant and was forced for a long time to take drugs that suppress the immune system. The patient visited North Carolina, where the parasite inhabits, and fauna and weather conditions favor its spread. Much more unusual was the other — usually the symptoms occur within 3-17 days after a person inhales spores, but in this case, the patient did not feel anything unusual for the past 30 years. Thus experts are not inclined to believe that he could have been infected recently because he wasn’t “suitable” for this condition.

The patient was prescribed antifungal drugs, and other means. Experts believe that these data give reason to treat histoplasmosis how to disease, which can be very treacherous.

Scientific work is dedicated to the unique event that was published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

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