A serious fungal disease of the lungs and other tissues, endemic in the warmer, arid regions of America.
The fungus is Coccidioides immitis, subdivision Deuteromycotina‘The most common cause of benign calcified pulmonary lesions is the granulomatous reaction to infectious or foreign agents, such as tuberculosis, coccidioidomycosis, and silicosis.’
- ‘Although a histoplasmin test is a good screening test, it often cross-reacts in patients with coccidioidomycosis.’
- ‘If initial antibody testing is negative, but clinical suspicion of coccidioidomycosis is high, repeat testing is indicated because it may take a month or more to develop measurable antibody titers.’
- ‘Persons with coccidioidomycosis may present with cough, fever, and night sweats.’
- ‘For example, a patient with HIV who lives in the southwest United States is more susceptible to coccidioidomycosis.’
1930s from modern Latin Coccidioides(part of the binomial of the fungus) + mycosis.