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How did you know it was cryptoccocus and not something else like candidiasis?
Was stuck between cryptococcus and candida as well. I think the tip might be that Candida is in mold form at higher (body) temp.
But amphotericin b can be used for both and given that it's a serious infection you would probably just go straight for that instead of fluconazole.
Patients with T cell dysfunction (HIV) are more susceptible to cutaneous candida infections (esophagitis, etc). Patients with neutropenia (chemotherapy, post-transplant) are more susceptible to invasive candida infections (bloodstream infection, meningitis)