Mould Identification: A Virtual Self Assessment
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Unknown 37 = Curvularia lunata
|A 40-year-old man presented with a low-grade delayed postoperative inflammation in the right eye. A large corneal infiltrate developed after aspiration of the mass. Treatment with systemic, topical, and intraocular antifungal agents cleared the vitreous, but the cornea perforated. The fungus shown below was grown.|
Colonies are fast growing, suede-like to downy, brown to blackish brown with a black reverse.
Conidia are pale brown, with three or more transverse septa (phragmoconidia) and are formed apically through a pore (poroconidia) in a sympodially elongating geniculate conidiophore similar to Drechslera. Conidia are cylindrical or slightly curved, with one of the central cells being larger and darker. Germination is bipolar and some species may have a prominent hilum. RG-1 organism.
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