Fatigue in coccidioidomycosis. Quantification and correlation with clinical, immunological, and nutritional factors

Jennifer Muir Bowers, John P. Mourani, Neil M. Ampel

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Abstract

While described in the past, the frequency and degree of fatigue associated with symptomatic coccidioidomycosis has never been quantified. Using the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), severe fatigue (FSS score = 41) was found in 65% of cases of active coccidioidomycosis compared to 42% in cohort of control subjects with chronic medical diseases (P = 0.024). Fatigue in patients with symptomatic coccidioidomycosis declined significantly over four months (P = 0.023). Severe fatigue in patients with symptomatic coccidioidomycosis was significantly associated with low body mass index (BMI; P = 0.024) but was not significantly associated with either serum leptin (r2 = 0.078, P = 0.261) or serum TNF-α (r2 = 0.028, P = 0.504) concentrations. Severe fatigue is a common condition among patients with active coccidioidomycosis and is associated with a declining BMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalMedical mycology
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Fatigue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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