Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected: Experience from a North Indian tertiary center

Susheel Kumar, Ajay Wanchu, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Aman Sharma, Pradeep Bambery, Surjit Singh

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Background: Cryptococcal meningitis is a common opportunistic infection in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-infected individuals. There is little information specifically addressing cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-infected patients from North India. Aims: To determine clinical presentation, hospital course, response to treatment, complications developed, in-hospital mortality, any recurrence of cryptococcal meningitis and reasons of recurrence during follow-up. Settings and Design: A retrospective observational study undertaken in a large tertiary care center. Materials and Methods: Patient's demographic data, presenting clinical symptomatology, physical findings, laboratory parameters, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination findings, side-effects of treatment, development of any complications and hospital outcome were analyzed. During follow-up any recurrence of cryptococcal meningitis, possible reasons of recurrence, type of treatment received, complications developed and outcome was recorded as well. Results: Forty patients diagnosed to have cryptococcal meningitis were analyzed. Twenty-two (55%) patients had acute/ subacute presentation. Thirty-six (90%) patients presented with headache and 18 (45%) had altered sensorium. Twenty (50%) patients had no cells in the CSF. Hypoglycorrhchia was seen in 30 (75%) patients. Cryptococcal meningitis was the first acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining illness in 30 (75%) patients. Thirty-five patients developed some adverse effects to amphotericin-B. Thirty-three patients improved with treatment while three patients died. Four patients had recurrence of cryptococcal meningitis within six months of first episode. Non-compliance of fluconazole therapy was the reason for recurrence in all of these patients. Conclusions: Cryptococcal meningitis is a common initial AIDS-defining illness. Acute and/or subacute presentation of cryptococcal meningitis is not uncommon in HIV-infected individuals. An early diagnosis of HIV infection might reduce the incidence of this infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology India
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Cryptococcal Meningitis
HIV
Recurrence
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Therapeutics
Fluconazole
Opportunistic Infections
Amphotericin B
Virus Diseases
Hospital Mortality
Tertiary Care Centers

Keywords

  • Cryptococcal infection
  • HIV
  • Immunocompromised
  • India
  • Meningitis
  • Outcome

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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Kumar, S., Wanchu, A., Chakrabarti, A., Sharma, A., Bambery, P., & Singh, S. (2008). Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected: Experience from a North Indian tertiary center. Neurology India, 56(4), 444-449. https://doi.org/10.4103/0028-3886.44823

Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected : Experience from a North Indian tertiary center. / Kumar, Susheel; Wanchu, Ajay; Chakrabarti, Arunaloke; Sharma, Aman; Bambery, Pradeep; Singh, Surjit.

In: Neurology India, Vol. 56, No. 4, 01.10.2008, p. 444-449.

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Kumar, S, Wanchu, A, Chakrabarti, A, Sharma, A, Bambery, P & Singh, S 2008, 'Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected: Experience from a North Indian tertiary center', Neurology India, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 444-449. https://doi.org/10.4103/0028-3886.44823
Kumar S, Wanchu A, Chakrabarti A, Sharma A, Bambery P, Singh S. Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected: Experience from a North Indian tertiary center. Neurology India. 2008 Oct 1;56(4):444-449. https://doi.org/10.4103/0028-3886.44823
Kumar, Susheel ; Wanchu, Ajay ; Chakrabarti, Arunaloke ; Sharma, Aman ; Bambery, Pradeep ; Singh, Surjit. / Cryptococcal meningitis in HIV infected : Experience from a North Indian tertiary center. In: Neurology India. 2008 ; Vol. 56, No. 4. pp. 444-449.
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