Cryptococcus laurentii lung abscess

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1981 Jan;123(1):135-8. doi: 10.1164/arrd.1981.123.1.135.


Pulmonary infection with Cryptococcus laurentii occurred in a patient with dermatomyositis receiving corticosteroid therapy. Infections with cryptococci other than C. neoformans are rare, and pulmonary involvement with C. laurentii has not been reported previously. The isolate was susceptible to amphotericin B but resistant to 5-fluorocytosine, and synergism could not be demonstrated with these 2 drugs. Amphotericin B without surgical resection, concurrent with reduction in the dosage of corticosteroids, resulted in clinical and roentgenogrphic resolution of the infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / adverse effects
  • Amphotericin B / therapeutic use
  • Cryptococcosis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cryptococcosis* / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Abscess / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Abscess / drug therapy
  • Lung Abscess / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Amphotericin B