The morbidity and mortality of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis (CM) in previously healthy, HIV-negative individuals is increasingly recognized. We administered a healthcare associated quality of life (QOL) survey to the largest longitudinally followed cohort of these patients in the United States. We identified moderate or severe self-reported impairment in at least one QOL domain in 61% of subjects at least one year following diagnosis. Self-reported cognitive impairment was noted in 52% and sleep disturbance was noted in 55%. This is the first comprehensive study of cross-sectional long-term QOL in previously healthy patients following cryptococcal infection.
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