Central nervous system histoplasmosis in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Harita Nyalakonda, Marisol Albuerne, Lia Patricia Suazo Hernandez, Juan C. Sarria

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


Background: Involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) by Histoplasma capsulatum in AIDS is uncommon and not easily recognized. Materials and Methods: CNS histoplasmosis cases from our institution were identified by a retrospective chart review from 2004-2014. A thorough literature search was performed for additional cases and their characteristics were compared. Clinical findings, treatment and outcomes are discussed. Results: A total of 5 cases from our institution were identified. They had a clinical presentation that included classic signs of meningitis, often with evidence of disseminated involvement, and was typically severe with important neurological impairment. These cases were treated with antifungal agents, including a lipid amphotericin B formulation and azole drugs, but eventually 3 experienced nonresolution of their disease likely because of lack of adherence to therapy and died from their infection. The clinical presentation, treatment and outcome of these cases did not significantly differ from cases found in the review of the literature. Conclusions: Clinicians practicing in endemic areas should be aware of this rare but serious form of histoplasmosis. The recognition of 5 cases of CNS histoplasmosis in AIDS patients from a single institution suggests that histoplasmosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of the CNS complications of AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-186
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016


  • AIDS
  • Central nervous system
  • HIV
  • Histoplasma capsulatum
  • Histoplasmosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Central nervous system histoplasmosis in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this