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ron,ar    Posted 10-14-2004 at 20:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
thought some of you might want to know this:


Histoplasmosis is a disease caused when airborne spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum are inhaled into the lungs, the primary infection site. This microscopic fungus, which is found throughout the world in river valleys and soil where bird or bat droppings accumulate, is released into the air when soil is disturbed by plowing fields, sweeping chicken coops, or digging holes.
Histoplasmosis is often so mild that it produces no apparent symptoms. Any symptoms that might occur are often similar to those from a common cold. In fact, if you had histoplasmosis symptoms, you might dismiss them as those from a cold or flu, since the body's immune system normally overcomes the infection in a few days without treatment.

However, histoplasmosis, even mild cases, can later cause a serious eye disease called ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans ages 20 to 40.

more at link below



Karen Forden    Posted 04-04-2006 at 19:29:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please send more informaton on how Histoplasmosis may effect the lungs. My husband is currently going through testing to rule out lung cancer, and has been told that the calcification that has taken place in his lungs is Histoplasmosis. All that we have read so far on the net refers to OHS. Do you have any further information? He did grow up on a farm in MI, and they did raise chickens for a few years.


Nina Strickland    Posted 04-10-2006 at 08:38:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My name is NIna , and I am trying to find out some information on hystoplasmosis.as far as the lungs are concern. I know that I have it but I am thinking that what the dr. thought was asthms is really hysto. I do have it in my rt. eye but am doing well . but I still get short of breath to often with taking my asthma meds. I think something else is going on. where can I turn.


Texas    Posted 10-15-2004 at 06:06:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this possibly the same as we call Coccidiosis?


KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 20:22:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is very similar to MG in poultry...But they say it is not transforable to humans...Who knows..KAtG


RN    Posted 10-14-2004 at 20:47:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Humans have to worry about Avian Flu since last year-a few dead people already. This is chickens revenge for Colonel Saunders KFC? RN


KatG    Posted 10-15-2004 at 17:45:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With all the various foods we are eating that hve been sick and treated with antibotics...you know it has to get into our systems...I worked as A QA supervisior in a poultry plant in south Texas for awhile...When you get different parts of the chickens...like legs quarters...thighs,,,ets..they are what we called "salvage" ...Salavage comes on birds that have sores or sancer and what can be used is saved...the other goes for dog food...KAtG


Gayle    Posted 07-15-2006 at 16:57:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I worked in a tobacco factory where I would search for dead birds, nests, etc.from the product. In 2004 I noticed I was having neck & shoulder pain, difficulty swallowing, leg twitches,& difficulty seeing. A man on the show "Medical Mysteries" had the same symptoms. After doing a scat scan of his neck & chest, a mass was discovered. Biopsy done revealed rock hard calcium deposits in lymph nodes which the drs believe were caused by hystoplasmosis. Surgery was performed by a thorasic surgeon, the man has no more symptoms. Does anyone else have similar problems?


denny francis    Posted 08-22-2006 at 17:09:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have very large nodes in my chest i have been checked by a
pulminologists and thoracic surgeon. MY PULMINOLOGIST SEEMS
TO THINK IT IS HYSTOPLASMOSIS. Do you have any other info on
this.


Annetta    Posted 04-02-2008 at 08:06:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I didn't know that you could get it anywhere besides the lungs, but my sister-in-law died from it in her intestines! The Doctors kept telling her it was IBS.


Jane Schwartzkopf    Posted 10-11-2006 at 03:00:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This summer I was diagnosed as having a 3/4" lung nodule in my right lung and abnormal (enlarged) lymph node located near the nodule. Since Aug. 2, 2006, I have had to undergo two CT scans and a PET scan, seen two pulmonologists, and had a needle biopsy of the lung nodule Oct. 9, 2006. My Sept. 12 PET Scan results came back "positive" and indicated that both the nodule and lymph node glowed or were "hot", suggesting malignancies. Both pulmonologists indicated that positive PET scan results normally will return malignant results 90% of the time, so I was obviously beside myself in worry. My biopsy results came back Oct. 10 as benign, and I am naturally ecstatic, but my new pulmonologist also informed me that he feels the nodules and associated lymph node issues are caused by "HYSTOPLASMOSIS". I would like any information I can get on this issue. Since what I know thus far tends to indicate this is linked to birds or chickens, I was raised on a farm where we did raise chickens, and have moved to the Ohio Valley in the last 2-1/2 years from the Wyo-Nebr area. I'm reading that this is prevalent in the Ohio Valley area for some reason. Please send me any information you have or websites I can visit, etc. Thank you very much.


Mindy Romig    Posted 02-22-2007 at 16:11:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello,

I wanted to reply to your letter because two years ago I became very ill and had enlarged lymph nodes on the right side of my neck, shortness of breath, weak, couldn't get out of bed, loss of appetite, and eventually the nodes in my neck enlarged to the point that I had facial paralysis with droop. The doctors found a couple of calcification spots on my lungs. Initially I was thought to have lymphoma and eventually that was ruled out. Through many doctors I finally was told that I had hystoplasmosis. I'm still not sure if I buy it. I am still very tired and struggle. My lymph nodes occasionally enlarge but not as bad and I still get short of breath and very weak and tired. There are a lot of things I can't do anymore and I am only 31 years old. If you have any info please write back. I am in Ohio and live on an old chicken farm. We do not have chickens but we know that there used to be thousands of chickens on our land.

Thank you,

Mindy


stefy    Posted 05-30-2007 at 10:23:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was told in 1998 when I was in the hospital for double pneumonia that they also found an area in my lower left lung that they were not sure what it was. After several tests and biopsies the doctors told me it was hysto. If any one has any info about it being in the lungs please let me know. I am scared it can turn into cancer and any time I have any exray of my lungs they always ask me about it. Does anyone have any other info besides the info on the eyes?


Brenda    Posted 06-03-2007 at 21:51:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have hysto and have experienced problems most of my life (from approx 6 yrs of age) I am now 48. Recently I have experienced eye problems and plan to see th edoctor in a few weeks. The shortness of breath and inability to swallow at times is difficult. I have never heard it could turn into cancer.


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