The nurse is caring for an immunocompromised patient that has developed histoplasmosis. The nurse assesses the patient knowing that histoplasmosis is similar to pneumonia in that it


•The signs and symptoms of histoplasmosis are similar to pneumonia and are characterized by non-specific respiratory symptoms. These symptoms include a cough, flu-like symptoms, dyspnea, and fever.

•Histoplasmosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that generally affects immunocompromised patients.

•The majority of cases resolve without treatment. Severe cases require the use of antifungal medication.

•Histoplasmosis and pneumonia generally do not cause pulmonary fibrosis.

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