Symptomatic pulmonary cryptococcus is rare in healthy patients and uncommon even in immunocompromised patients. We describe a case of pulmonary cryptococcus that caused acute respiratory distress syndrome in a healthy host. Distinctively, this case is a rare description of significant respiratory failure from isolated pulmonary Cryptococcus neoformans with the exclusion of Cryptococcus gattii and review of the literature.
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Critical care
- Cryptococcus neoformans