Category Archives: Fungi

Fungal pathogens

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 following our discussion of mycology today at Bir Hospital. Guidelines Mycology online guideline page (has not been updated with the next item) Updated ANZMIG Guidelines for Haematology and Oncology 2014 (Internal Medicine Journal) IDSA 2010 Cryptococcosis … Continue reading

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