Category Archives: Module-Mycology

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 here – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/58897830/?msg=publicURL Cambodia – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/58897847/?msg=publicURL Two PNG PhD theses of relevance date from the 1990s – summaries here – the authors published several papers that are within the collection … Continue reading

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Overview of mycology

Thanks Josh Davis for this excellent two page summary. Study it to walk the fungal talk! Davis overview of fungi and diseases 2014

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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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