Black Molds and Melanized Yeasts Pathogenic to Humans.

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Journal Article (Review)

A review is given of melanized fungi involved in human infection, including species forming budding cells and strictly filamentous representatives. Classically, they are known as "phaeoid" or "dematiaceous" fungi, and, today, agents are recognized to belong to seven orders of fungi, of which the Chaetothyriales and Pleosporales are the most important. Infections range from cutaneous or pulmonary colonization to systemic or disseminated invasion. Subcutaneous involvement, either primary or after dissemination, may lead to host tissue proliferation of dermis or epidermis. Particularly in the Chaetothyriales, subcutaneous and systemic infections may occur in otherwise apparently healthy individuals. Infections are mostly chronic and require extended antifungal therapy and/or surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chowdhary, A; Perfect, J; de Hoog, GS

Published Date

  • November 10, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 8

Start / End Page

  • a019570 -

PubMed ID

  • 25384772

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25384772

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2157-1422

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1101/cshperspect.a019570


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States