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blastomycosis:

see fungal infectionfungal infection,
infection caused by a fungus (see Fungi), some affecting animals, others plants. Fungal Infections of Human and Animals

Many fungal infections, or mycoses, of humans and animals affect only the outer layers of skin, and although they are sometimes
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Blastomycosis

 

a chronic disease of the skin and internal organs in animals, caused by a yeastlike microscopic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. The natural reservoir of the fungus is soil. The animals mainly affected are dogs. Most susceptible to experimental infection are horses, sheep, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Diseased animals that discharge the fungus with mucus, in urine, and with the exudates in skin infection are the source of infection. Infection apparently occurs through injured skin or respiratory passages. Treatment has not been developed. Diseased animals are killed in order to prevent infection of humans.

REFERENCES

Spesivtseva, N. A. “Blastomikoz.” In Veterinarnaia entsiklopediia, vol. 1. Moscow, 1968.
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blastomycosis

[‚blas·tə‚mī′kō·səs]
(medicine)
A term for two infectious, yeastlike fungus diseases of humans: North American blastomycosis, caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis, and South American (paracoccidioidomycosis) caused by Blastomyces brasiliensis.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The clinical presentation for this patient is uncommon, and it remains unclear how she acquired blastomycosis. She improved after initial surgery and a course of antibiotics increasing the suspicion for a bacterial pathogen.
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capsulatum) , a dimorphic fungus that is commonly found in the southeastern, mid-Atlantic, and central United States.[sup][2] Other infectious agents, such as tuberculosis, aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and cryptococcosis, can also produce this condition.[sup][3],[4],[5],[6] Several examples of an idiopathic form of FM, perhaps due to an autoimmune process, such as Behcet's disease, retroperitoneal fibrosis, orbital pseudotumors, and Riedel's sclerosing thyroiditis, have also been described.[sup][7],[8]
Death records were accessed when the ICD-10 code matched any of the following (or their subsections): aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, pneumocystosis, sporotrichosis, zygomycosis, and unspecified mycosis.