Joint fluid: Aspergillus fumigatus – Shipped 14 September 2015
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.