Cryptococcal meningitis

Br J Hosp Med. 1995 Nov;54(9):439-45.


Fungal meningitis caused by the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans is most commonly seen in patients with defective T-lymphocyte function. This article focuses on the clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with cryptococcal meningitis, in the setting of AIDS and other immunocompromised hosts, and in 'normal' individuals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections* / diagnosis
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections* / drug therapy
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections* / immunology
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • CD4 Lymphocyte Count
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fluconazole / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Meningitis, Cryptococcal* / diagnosis
  • Meningitis, Cryptococcal* / drug therapy
  • Meningitis, Cryptococcal* / immunology
  • Prognosis


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Fluconazole