Category Mycology

Laboratory diagnosis of Histoplamosis

Samuel Darling, a physician practicing at the Canal Zone Hospital in Panama, initially reported histoplasmosis and named the bacterium in 1904. He mistook the bacterium, which resembled Leishmania in tissues, for a parasite. Histoplasma capsulatum is a thermally dimorphic fungus…

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Aspergillosis

Micheli (1729) identified the genus Aspergillus, naming it after the perforated globe used to shower holy water during Catholic religious’ rites (aspergus te). Aspergillosis is an opportunistic invasive mycosis caused by hyaline molds of the genus Aspergillus (A.fumigatus, A.flavus, A.terreus,…

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Germ tube test

Introduction The germ tube test for identifying yeasts is probably the most important and easiest test to perform. The germ tube test offers one of the quickest approaches to presumptive identification of C. albicans and C. dubliniensis. The yeasts recovered…

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Mycoses

Fungi-caused infections are called mycoses or mycosis (singular). Despite the fact that there are thousands of fungal species in the world, only a small percentage of them cause disease in humans. Superficial, Cutaneous, Subcutaneous, Systemic, and Opportunistic mycoses are the…

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