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December 1948

COCCIDIOIDOMYCOSIS: Persistence of Residual Pulmonary Lesions

Author Affiliations


From the Thoracic Unit, New York Regional Office, Veterans Administration.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(6):519-528. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220290003001

NUMEROUS former military personnel of World War II (actual figures not available) have served in the southwestern desert area of this country, where coccidioidomycosis is endemic. The presence of these troops in large numbers has stimulated study of the disease. It is now known that about 80 per cent of the long time residents of the endemic area are infected and that about 25 per cent of the military personnel with several months' residence in the endemic area became infected.1 From 20 to 25 per cent of infections are clinically recognizable.2

It is not the purpose of this paper to present a detailed discussion of such factors as the etiologic agent (the fungus Coccidioides immitis) and its life cycle, the pathogenesis or racial differences in incidence. These and other fundamental data have already been described amply in the literature. The primary purpose is to present data on a

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