BAL: Cladosporium species – Shipped August 03, 2021
This challenge was sent as a simulated BAL sample from a patient with a pulmonary infection. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Cladosporium species.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from MY2108-3
- Cladosporium species are most frequently isolated as contaminants
- Respiratory tract disease due to Cladosporium spp. has been increasingly identified. Cladosporium spp. have been associated with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, pulmonary fungus ball, and intrabronchial lesion.