1109-3

Sinus aspirate: Paecilomyces species (lilacinus) – Shipped September 2011

HISTORY

This sample was sent as a simulated sinus aspirate sample. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Paecilomyces species.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1109-3

  • 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.

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