Mycology

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, A.niger) and, less commonly, other Aspergillus species. Aspergillosis has a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations, …

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Germ tube test

Introduction The germ tube test for yeast identification is perhaps the most fundamental and simplest to perform. The germ tube test is one of the quickest methods for presumptive identification of Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis. The yeasts isolated from clinical specimens are around 75% C. albicans, and germ tube tests usually enable reliable identification …

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Mycoses

Infections caused by fungi are referred to as mycoses or mycosis (singular). Despite the fact that there are hundreds of fungal species, only a small number of them cause illness in humans. Superficial, Cutaneous, Subcutaneous, Systemic, and Opportunistic mycoses are the five forms of mycoses characterized by the type of affected tissues present in the …

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