Occurrence of fruiting structures allows determination of Purpureocillium lilacinum as an inciting agent of pleuritis and pneumonia in a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) by histopathologic correlation to culture

V. L. Schumacher, B. Mangold, J. Lenzycki, L. Hinckley, D. A. Sutton, S. Frasca

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Abstract

Purpureocillium lilacinum and Beauveria bassiana were isolated from lung sampled at necropsy of a 12 year-old female loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) that had displayed abnormal buoyancy. Histopathologic evaluation revealed pleuritis and pneumonia with non-melanized, septate hyphae and fruiting structures identical to those of P. lilacinum. This case emphasizes the importance of a histological correlate to fungal culture when environmental fungi are isolated and demonstrates the infrequent phenomenon of fruiting or conidial production in tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Mycology Case Reports
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Caretta caretta
  • Fruiting body
  • Histopathology
  • Pneumonia
  • Purpureocillium lilacinum
  • Turtle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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