Chest 166; Histoplasmosis

7 Sep
Chest 166 Histoplasmosis

Chest 166; Histoplasmosis

The chest X-ray in this picture came from an older man who was infected with a tiny yeast-like organism called Histoplasma. It is common in the environment and found in soil, bird, and bat guano. People exposed to bat colonies are susceptible to the condition, when they breathe in the spores in the air. The condition is usually acute, but self limiting and 90% have no signs of illness at all. A few develop a mild chest infection. Rarely, as in this case man who was immune suppressed, the organism can spread into the tissues and pre-existing lung disease such as tuberculosis is another predisposing factor. The organism is found world wide and cases of histoplasmosis have been seen in Australia.

I used images of coloured leaves, soil, and the splattered mud on the side of a motor vehicle to enhance this image.

10 Responses to “Chest 166; Histoplasmosis”

  1. 文正基입니다. September 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks much all thwe times. Mr. Nick Veasey came to Korea to have exhibition, `X RAY MAN`. It was the first time Pls. find his photo herewith,

    • Xraypics September 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

      Thankyou for your comment. Nick Vesey is a very talented artist, you wee so lucky to have him visit you. I wish he would come to visit us in Australia. Best wishes.

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs September 7, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    after the earthquake, about 50 bats moved into my ‘abandoned’ house.. creepy, as i’ve been bitten in the past in three different countries…. i always think of histoplasmosis when pondering ‘how do i deal with this?’

    am in panama today, my last day of a sort vacation.. heading to ecuador in three hours…

    • Xraypics September 8, 2017 at 7:49 am #

      Hi, Lisa hope you enjoyed the holiday! When clearing bat or bird poo, probably a good idea to wear a dust mask. As I write I can hear our resident python in the ceiling trying to slough his/her skin. We don’t have bats.

      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs September 8, 2017 at 9:45 am #

        hey.. yes, i once had a boa as a roommate and there were zero bats.. i was gone for almost a year, and the owners of the house found a snake skin on the bed – enough for them to move the snake back outside.. i was pretty happy with the previous arrangement as i had ‘told’ the snake, ‘you stay up at roof level and i’ll stay down here, and we’ll be fine..’

        after the snake was moved, the bats tried returning… drats…

        this time i’m not bothering with cleaning anything, just tip-toe past teh guardians, get my things and leave again.. little by little i’m moving out… i suspect the house will be in the river by this time next year…

        good news is there’s a really great new place to call home…..

        thanks for your feedback re: the mask, and i have one in case of volcano problems….

      • Xraypics September 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

        What will happen to the flying carpet?

      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs September 9, 2017 at 12:59 am #

        moving on is sometimes bitter sweet.. most of the carpet will remain – perhaps for archaeologists to uncover at some strange hour in the future… i have with me, however, some parts of it to use in a patchwork quilt!!!!

        the floor, btw, did not have one single crack after the earthquake!

  3. artofmindfulness November 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Beautiful work! Thanks for your comment on my own blog about the enso. Just to let you know that my wordpress blog has now closed down and I’ve moved here – please do follow for more drawing projects. I”m planning a mindful drawing month in January. We share our mindful process in this Facebook Group too Go well 🙂

  4. Photobooth Journal January 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Lovely piece!

    You have. A python in your ceiling? Can I play with him? 😻😀

    • Xraypics January 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

      Thankyou! We do have a python. He or she shuffles around from time to time, especially when it’s time to slough her skin. Our electrician is terrified of snakes and hates going into the roof, it makes me chuckle. anything edible that gets in there is swiftly dealt with though, so we don’t have rats.

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