Case Report

Multiple skeletal lesions and pleural effusion owing to Histoplasma capsulatum infection in an immunocompetent patient from a non-endemic region

Farhana Ebrahim Suleman, Pieter Albrecht Scheepers
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 15, No 3 | a372 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v15i3.372 | © 2011 Farhana Ebrahim Suleman, Pieter Albrecht Scheepers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2011 | Published: 15 August 2011

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Farhana Ebrahim Suleman, university of limpopo medunsa campus, South Africa
Pieter Albrecht Scheepers,

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Abstract

We describe a rare case of multiple skeletal lesions and a pleural effusion owing to Histoplasma capsulatum infection in a 16-year-old immunocompetent girl residing in a non-endemic region. Of note is that the patient had a lesion within a thoracic vertebra. Following an extensive literature search, we found that vertebral involvement by H. capsulatum had not been previously described. Pleural effusion and skeletal lesions are both rare manifestations of H. capsulatum infection.

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skeletal,fungal infections,histoplasmosis

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