i have disseamated histoplasma and borderline ovarion cancer stage 3b,what is my prognosis

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    Disseminated histoplasmosis is a fungal infection that occurs after inhaling the spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum.

    See also:
    •Histoplasmosis - acute
    •Histoplasmosis - chronic pulmonary
    •Skin lesion of histoplasmosis


    Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus found in the central and eastern United States (Mississippi and Ohio River Valley), eastern Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

    Most cases are mild or without symptoms. Acute pulmonary histoplasmosis may occur in epidemics after heavy exposure. Progressive or spreading (disseminated) and chronic disease can also occur. In disseminated disease, the infection has spread to other organs from the lungs through the bloodstream.

    The liver and spleen are usually enlarged, and any body organ may be involved. Ulcerations of the mouth or gastrointestinal tract may occur. Risk factors are travel to or residence within the central or eastern United States, and exposure to the droppings of birds and bats.

    •Joint pain
    •Mental status changes
    •Muscle aches and stiffness
    •Nausea, vomiting
    •Possible rash (erythema nodosum)
    •Skin lesions
    •Visual changes (chorioretinitis)

    Exams and Tests

    A physical examination may show abnormalities throughout the body.

    Tests used to diagnose disseminated histoplasmosis may include:
    •Abdominal CT scan
    •Abdominal ultrasound
    •Biopsy or culture of affected organs, bone marrow, liver, lymph node, lung, or skin
    •Blood cultures
    •Chest x-ray
    •Complete blood count (CBC)
    •Histoplasma urinary antigen test
    •MRI scan of the affected organs


    Doctors prescribe antifungal medications to control the infection. Most patients should be treated for a year or more. Those who have suppressed immune systems (for example, from AIDS) may need lifelong treatment.

    Outlook (Prognosis)

    The disease may progress rapidly and death can occur.

    Possible Complications

    Multiple organs are affected.

    I am sincerely sorry that this has happened to you and I hope you will be treated with the care and dignity that you deserve through this hard time. You are very brave to come to this forum and ask this question concerning your own health.

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