|Coccidioides is a fungus common in the arid Southwestern United States which can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening infections of the lung and other parts of the body. A case report was made of a 42-year-old male west Texas farmer who presented with a 2-month history of shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss (1).|
Earlier treatment with the anti-bacterial drugs Bactrim and ciprofloxacin were ineffective. Eventually, the eyebrow culture identified Coccidioides fungi and no bacteria. He was treated with the anti-fungal drug fluconazole with good response.
References / Sources
1. Saenz-Ibarra B, Prieto VG, Torres-Cabala CA, Huen A, Nagarajan P, Tetzlaff MT, et al. Coccidioidomycosis Involving Lungs and Skin: A Mimicker of Metastatic Disease. The American Journal of dermatopathology. 2017.
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