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Importance of differential diagnosis of pulmonary and oral infections in times of COVID 19: a clinical case report

MOJ Public Health
Giovani Antonio Rodrigues,1 Plauto Christopher Aranha Watanabe2

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Diseases that affect the lungs and the oral cavity can have similar clinical manifestations and require a thorough clinical examination for a correct diagnosis. Currently, the coronavirus pandemic has caused doctors to increase their chances of diagnosis, since SARS-COV-2 also affects the lungs. This work presents the case of a 58-year-old black man with the human immunodeficiency virus who was diagnosed with paracoccidioidomycosis through the aid of oral lesions after the hypothesis of COVID-19 and tuberculosis being ruled out by clinical and laboratory tests. Thus, this case report seeks to draw the attention of clinicians, both doctors and dentists who work in oral diagnosis to the other possibilities and hypotheses of diagnosing injuries that affect the upper airways and may have clinical manifestations similar to SARS- COV-2.


paracoccidioidomycosis, HIV, COVID-19, oral lesions