Document Type : Case report
Laboratory of Mycology, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil
Postgraduate Student of Health Sciences, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil
Clinical Analysis Laboratory, Dr. Miguel Riet Correa University Hospital, Rio Grande, Brazil
Specialized Care Service in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Miguel Riet Correa University Hospital, Rio Grande, Brazil
Laboratory Diagnostic Service, Microbiology Unit, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil
California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, and Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
Background and Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an overload of health services and healthcare professionals. The result is a setback in health promotion and prevention, delays in diagnosis, and deaths from other diseases that are currently receiving inadequate attention. This article illustrates the risk of this negligence.
Case report: This study aimed to report a case of coinfection of disseminated cryptococcosis and BK virus in a patient without a previous diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection and COVID-19 negative in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite receiving antifungal therapy, the patient died.
Conclusion: This fatal case is a warning regarding delay of diagnosis and neglect ofother serious illnesses owing to the current pandemic, including fungal diseases and neglected diagnoses.