Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Disseminated cryptococcosis in an immunocompetent child
  1. Noora Saeed1,
  2. Hena A Ansari2,
  3. Nazoora Khan2,
  4. Mohsin Aijaz2
  1. 1Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Noora Saeed, dr.noorasaeed{at}


Cryptococcus is a ubiquitous fungus and is known for causing meningitis and cutaneous infections in immunocompromised individuals. Disseminated cryptococcal infection is very rare and almost always found to occur in immunocompromised individuals especially in persons infected with HIV. This is particularly attributed to its capsulated spores. But there are few reported cases in which it has been found to cause disseminated infections even in immunocompetent individuals. We report a similar case of disseminated cryptococcal infection in an immunocompetent host. Early detection and treatment of disseminated cryptococcosis is essential to reduce morbidity and for better outcome.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Contributors All the authors have contributed equally to this case report. NS and HAA have reported this case as the consultant in-charge taking into account the differentials in mind. NS and MA have screened this case by taking the detailed history, performing complete examination and advising relevant investigations to the paediatricians.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.