1509-3

Joint fluid: Aspergillus fumigatus – Shipped 14 September 2015

HISTORY

This challenge was sent as a simulated joint fluid sample. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Aspergillus fumigatus.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1509-3

  • Aspergillus fumigatus is an ubiquitous fungus but is capable of being a primary pathogen particularly in immunocompromised hosts.
  • Aspergillus septic arthritis is frequently associated with host predisposing conditions, such as immunosuppression, intravenous drug use, and chronic underlying diseases, like malnutrition and diabetes mellitus.

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