Blastomycosis: a case study of a dimorphic fungal disease.


Journal Article

UNLABELLED: A 17-year-old male presented to a local hospital with symptoms of pneumonia and a hacking cough productive of yellow sputum. Direct examination of a bronchial lavage sample revealed organisms morphologically consistent with Blastomyces dermatitidis, which was confirmed by culture. The patient was placed on intravenous antifungal therapy and his condition improved dramatically. OBJECTIVES: to describe the gross and microscopic morphologies of both yeast and mold forms of B. dermatitidis; to identify B. dermatitidis given patient history, and microscopic and colony morphology; to describe the symptoms of primary pulmonary infections caused by B. dermatitidis, and to name additional tissues typically affected by the systemic pathogen.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boswell, E; Aziz, H

Published Date

  • 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 148

PubMed ID

  • 15314888

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15314888

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-959X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States