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How Do I Treat Cryptococcal Meningitis

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Cryptococcal Meningitis

... What Is Cryptococcal Meningitis? How Is Meningitis Treated? How Do I Choose a Treatment? Can Meningitis Be Prevented? The Bottom Line What Is Cryptococcal Meningitis? Cryptococcus is a fungus. It is very common in the soil. It can get into your
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Low CD4 count and Cryptococcal Meningitis

Hello Doctor,My fianc (male- age 30) is recently diagnosed with Cryptococcal Meningitis (CM) and AIDS. His CD4 count is only 31. He was hospitalized for 12 days and discharged 2 days ago. His WBC count is very low (somewhere around 1.4 if I am not...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...original symptoms "are gone." The weakness you describe will also slowly improve as his cryptococcal disease continues to be treated. He has completed 2 weeks of Amphotericin which is not always easy to get through. So this is very good news.... Read more »

Recurring cryptococcal meningitis

My brother was diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis and later HIV/AIDS in September last year on admission to hospital on 1st September 1999. He was put on amphotericin drug for two weeks and fluconazole thereafter, he was started on Combivir. ...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...I don't think your brother has been optimally treated for either his cryptococcal meningitis or his HIV disease. He may be vomiting because he has increased pressure inside his brain ("intracranial pressure"). The way Read more »

rash with meds after needle stick

I am currently on a combination of Combivir and Reyatz after being stuck by a needle at work. The patient had a viral load of 25,000 and was being evaluated for Cryptococcal meningitis (-). The patient has never been treated with any meds for his...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
You need to go immediately to your occupational health clinic and allow them to evaluate you. Without seeing the rash, I can not provide any advice about what to do with your meds. Not to be alarming, but rash can also occur during acute HIV... Read more »

Cryptococcal / Cryptococcal Meningitis

My incarcerated friend has HIV, t-cell ct 348, and no infections to date. Last week he received a positive test for the cyrptococcal microbe, and tho he is the "imate expert" on all sorts of current treatments, he has NO knowledge of this microbe,...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...You are probably referring to Cryptococcus neoformans, the cause of cryptococcal meningitis. Cryptococcus is yeast or fungus which you get breathing it into your lungs. You can't really avoid it-- it's common in the soil Read more »
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Cryptococcal Meningitis

... Introduction How Can I Tell if I Have Cryptococcal Meningitis? How to Treat It? Mild Cryptococcal Meningitis Moderate to Severe Cryptococcal Meningitis Other Treatments Other Complications Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Glaxo Guts Ghana's Import of Generic Combivir and Prepares for Battle

...revelation came as South Africa announced it had reached an agreement with Pfizer over the provision of fluconazole to treat cryptococcal meningitis and, more recently, oral candidiasis. The threat of generic competition made Pfizer lift... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Family of HIV-Positive Man Who Died in Delaware Prison Sues Prison Health Care Provider, Alleging Inadequate Treatment

...Louis Chance's health complaints in September 2003 and should have ordered a CT scan or an MRI to help diagnose and treat his cryptococcal meningitis, according to attorney Ken Richmond, who is representing Chance's family. Chance became comatose... Read more »
AIDS Treatment News

South Africa: Historic "Defiance Campaign" Imports Generic Fluconazole

...holder Pfizer has been negotiating with the South African government to provide fluconazole free to the government for treating cryptococcal meningitis -- but apparently not for major candidiasis (thrush) infections, which killed Christopher... Read more »
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time line

Posted by Anonymous
...in Zaire, is treated in Antwerp, Belgium, by Dr. Peter Piot. "He had died with something very unusual, with the disseminated cryptococcal meningitis; in other words, an infection with a fungus that is very rare," Piot recalls. Piot keeps samples... Read more »

why all the disention?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...factors involved with each person as to how they will handle hiv there really isen't a blanket rule of right or wrong as far a treating goes.Some people need the benefit of antivirals due to their individual situation, others can do well without,... Read more »

Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well folks...it's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Treated as worthless

Posted by Lomitadaren
...(PWA) People living with Aids are, and how even when there is Gross Medical Malpractice by a supporting medical provider, we are treated as unimportant, irrelevant, and bothersome. Millions of dollars a year are spent to educate us to be... Read more »