Coccidioides immitis is a dimorphic fungus that grows as a filamentous mold in soil and as a spherule at human body temperature. The hyphal or soil form is found rarely in human tissue. We report 5 cases of coccidioidomycosis in which hyphae were found in brain tissue or spinal fluid. The presence of central nervous system plastic devices appears to be associated with morphological reversion to the saprophytic form. This reversion has implications for diagnosis and therapy and may increase the risk of obstruction of the device(s).
|Idioma original||English (US)|
|Número de páginas||7|
|Publicación||Clinical Infectious Diseases|
|Estado||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases