Histoplasmosis, heart failure, hemolysis and haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis

Nitin Gupta, Kutty Sharada Vinod, Ankit Mittal, Aswin Pius Ajay Kumar, Arvind Kumar, Naveet Wig

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Histoplasmosis is an endemic mycosis with global distribution, primarily reported in immunocompromised individuals. A 29-year old immunocompetent male presented with fever, hepatosplenomegaly and pancytopenia. His peripheral blood showed features suggestive of intravascular hemolysis and echocardiography showed features suggestive of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Bone marrow showed yeast with morphology suggestive of Histoplasma capsulatum. Further investigations revealed hyperferritinemia, hypofibrinogenemia and increased triglycerides. With a diagnosis of progressive disseminated histoplasmosis with secondary Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, he was successfully treated with amphotericin B followed by itraconazole. We report this case to highlight the atypical and rare manifestations of histoplasmosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2019

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  • Medicine(all)


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