1409-3

Wound: Lichtheimia (Absidia) species  Shipped September 2014

HISTORY

This sample was sent as simulated wound swab. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Lichtheimia species.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1409-3

  • Lichtheimia corymbifera grows readily upon subculture on routine mycology media, growing more rapidly at 37°C than at 25°C and it is capable of growth at temperatures up to 48°C to 52°C, which distinguishes it from the other Lichtheimia /Absidia species.
  • L. corymbifera is a relatively rare cause of human zygomycosis 9,10 Clinical presentation of L. corymbifera includes cutaneous, pulmonary, rhinocerebral, gastrointestinal, and disseminated forms.

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