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Coccidioidomycosis - chronic pulmonary

  • Symptoms
    • Chronic cough
    • Blood-tinged sputum
    • Loss of appetite
    • Weight loss
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath

    Other symptoms of this disease include:

    • Wheezing
    • Excess sweating
    • Joint stiffness
    • Chest pain
    • Headache

    Signs and tests
    • Sputum KOH test
    • Sputum fungal culture
    • Coccidioides complement fixation titer to measure antibodies to the fungus in the blood
    • CBC with differential
    • Chest x-ray
    • Chest CT scan
    • Coccidioidin skin test
    • Bronchoscopy (possibly with transbronchial biopsy)
    • Open lung biopsy
    • Mediastinoscopy
    • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) to rule out meningitis