Symptoms of C. neoformans Infection

C. neoformans usually infects the lungs or the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), but it can also affect other parts of the body. The symptoms of the infection depend on the parts of the body that are affected. 14

In the lungs

Cough is a common symptom of <em>Cryptococcus</em> infection in the lungs.

Cough is a common symptom of Cryptococcus infection in the lungs.

A C. neoformans infection in the lungs can cause a pneumonia-like illness. The symptoms are often similar to those of many other illnesses, and can include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

In the brain (cryptococcal meningitis)

Headache, fever, and neck pain are common symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis.

Headache, fever, and neck pain are common symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis.

Cryptococcal meningitis is an infection caused by the fungus Cryptococcus after it spreads from the lungs to the brain. The symptoms of cryptococcal meningitis include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion or changes in behavior

If you have symptoms that you think may be due to a C. neoformans infection, please contact your healthcare provider.

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