Sinus aspirate: Paecilomyces species (lilacinus) – Shipped September 2011
This sample was sent as a simulated sinus aspirate sample. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Paecilomyces species.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from MY1109-3
- Paecilomyces species may be difficult to differentiate form similar and better-known fungi such as Penicillium and Aspergillus.
- In the immunocompetent host, Paecilomyces infection is associated to keratitis and soft tissue infections, while in immunocompromised patients it can cause deep infections such as fungemia, pneumonitis, and disseminated infection.