Mould Identification: A Virtual Self Assessment
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Unknown 40 = Apophysomyces elegans
|A 45 year old man with full-thickness burns to his legs and feet presented with blistering on the medial aspect of his right foot. A biopsy revelled the presence of broad in-frequently septate hyphae and culture shown below was isolated.|
The blistering on the medial aspect of the right foot was the first sign of infection.
Tissue morphology in zygomycosis showing distinctive infrequently septate thin walled hyphae with focal bulbous dilations and irregular branching, typical for those species belonging to the Mucorales.
Colonies are fast growing, white becoming creamy white to buff with age, downy with no reverse pigment, and are composed of broad, sparsely septate (coenocytic) hyphae typical of a zygomycetous fungus.
Apophysomyces elegans showing distinctive funnel-shaped apophyses and a conspicuous pigmented sub-apical thickening below the apophysis.
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