Isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis in pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Oct;92(4 Pt 2):682-4. doi: 10.1016/s0029-7844(98)00078-7.


Background: Isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis in an immunocompetent parturient host is a rare event. Little is known about this condition, its prognosis, and its treatment in the immunocompetent pregnant woman.

Case: A 28-year-old woman, para 3, was diagnosed with isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis postpartum. She had delivered a healthy neonate at term who revealed no clinical features compatible with maternal-fetal transmission. The woman was monitored closely throughout the course of her disease and radiogic, clinical, and serologic resolution was achieved after treatment with fluconazole.

Conclusion: Patients with pulmonary cryptococcosis present with clinical pictures similar to other well-known diseases such as septic pulmonary emboli or choriocarcinoma. Treatment with triazole antifungal therapy yielded favorable results in our patient with this rare condition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cryptococcosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / therapy*