We studied an aberrant culture of Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum isolated from synovial fluid collected from the right elbow of a patient from Kansas. Colonies on Sabouraud glucose agar and other routine mycological media were glabrous to soft, moist, heaped, deeply folded or convoluted, and orange-brown with a white, irregular margin. Microscopically, hyphae were hyaline, septate, and branched and remained totally devoid of conidiation over a period of 2 years on all mycological media. Conversion to the yeast form was achieved on Pine's medium at 37°C. Colonies at early stages of growth were smooth, moist, pasty, shiny, and orange-brown but soon became wrinkled and slightly raised and produced oval, thin-walled cells measuring 2 to 3 by 3 to 4.5 μm which multiplied by polar budding. The identity of the isolate was further confirmed by utilizing the Accuprobe DNA probe and the exoantigen test for H. capsulatum var. capsulatum.
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- Microbiology (medical)