Histoplasmosis in the ICU
Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection, usually affecting the lungs, with severe disease most often seen in immunocompromised individuals. In this case, we present a 50-year-old male with pulmonary histoplasmosis resulting in hypoxic respiratory failure, eventually requiring endotracheal intubation. The patient’s initial presentation was suggestive of interstitial lung disease and was treated with steroids. His condition worsened, and bronchoscopy led to the appropriate diagnosis. This case highlights the importance of prompt diagnosis and appropriate management of histoplasmosis in the ICU.
Finazzo N, Shakibai N, Asbahi MF. Histoplasmosis in the ICU. Presented at: American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting; 2023 Oct 15; San Francisco, CA.