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Table 3 CSF analysis characteristics of HIV-infected patients with C. neoformans versus C. curvatus/C. laurentii meningitis

From: Comparison of clinical and biological characteristics of HIV-infected patients presenting Cryptococcus neoformans versus C. curvatus/C. laurentii meningitis

Variable Cryptococcal species p
C. neoformans
na (%)b
C. curvatus/C. laurentii
na (%)b
The clear appearance of CSF 20 (87.0) 6 (100) 1
Mean opening pressure (cm of water) 30.0 ± 7.6 28.3 ± 7.6 1
CSF opening pressure cm of water) 1
 Normal (< 20) 1 (12.5) 0  
 High (20–30) 1 (12.5) 1 (33.3)  
 Very high (≥ 30) 6 (75.0) 4 (66.6)  
Glycorrachia (mg/dL) ± SD 46.7 ± 11.2 66.1 ± 22.5 0.04
Glycorrachia (mg/dL) 0.01
 Low (≤ 50) 9 (90.0) 1 (20.0)  
 Normal (50–60) 0 1 (20.0)  
 High (≥ 60) 1 (10.0) 3 (60.0)  
Positive pandy 7 (43.8) 3 (60.0) 0.63
Cytorrachia (cells/mm3) ± SD 41.52 ± 51.6 15.8 ± 23.5 0.25
Lymphocytic cytorrachia 5 (33.3) 1 (50.0) 1
Positive culture on CSF 23 (100) 6 (100) 1
Positive India ink on CSF 18 (78.3) 2 (33.3) 0.06
CrAg present on CSF 22 (95.7) 4 (66.7) 0.09
  1. aWith available data
  2. bPercentage of columns calculated for each group