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Revista chilena de infectología

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CABELLO, Hernán et al. Treatment failure in community-adquired pneumonia: coccidioidomycosis in a traveler patient. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.6, pp.669-672. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182013000600017.

Treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia is defined as a clinical condition with inadequate response to antimicrobial therapy. Resistant and unusual microorganisms and noninfectious causes are responsible for treatment failure. Coccidioides immitis is a fungus that causes pneumonia in the northern hemisphere, especially in the United States and northern Mexico. We report a case of pulmonary coccidioidomycosis imported from Mexico to Chile. After a comprehensive study, histopathology was able to establish Coccidiodes immitis as the causative agent, achieving clinical and radiological improvement with antifungal therapy.

Keywords : Coccidioidomycosis; travel; pneumonia; treatment failure.

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