Category Archives: Fungi

Fungal pathogens

Yeast 101 – species of medical importance – Dr N Townell

Yeast summary April 2021 Townell Candida species Cryptococcus species Trichosporon species Talaromyces marneffei (previously Penicillium marneffei) Rhodotorula species Malassezia furfur Pneumocysitis jiroveci Dimorphic fungi not included.

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Cryptocococcal infection bibliography – PNG and Cambodia

I have assembled bibliographies of Cryptococcal literature relevant to: PNG – Crypto PNG 25Mar22 Pubmed Cambodia – Two PNG PhD theses of relevance date from the 1990s – summaries here – the authors published several papers that are within … Continue reading

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Laboratory diagnosis of fungal disease- selective overview

Organism Microscopy Culture and identification Non-culture methods General Histopath PAS & silver stains etc. K0H with Parker ink (skin scrapings/nails) SAB (Saborauds dextrose agar) medium +/- antibiotics +/- cycloheximide For other media, see here. Blue thymol blue sticky tape preparation … Continue reading

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Saving lives by routine cryptococcal antigen screening and pre-emptive fluconazole in patients with advanced HIV

Guest posting: Dr Melanie-Anne John, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North, formerly Infectious Disease Department, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, RSA Cryptococcal meningitis (CCM) has a high mortality (20-50%) in patients with AIDS. CCM is  preventable with fluconazole and … Continue reading

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Mycology Online (Australia) and links to key antifungal guidelines

This post is under construction Guidelines Mycology online guideline page Updated ANZMIG Guidelines for Haematology and Oncology 2014 (Internal Medicine Journal) IDSA 2010 Cryptococcosis treatment guideline Issues arising (to be completed) Aspergillus in sputum– how frequently is does it represent just … Continue reading

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