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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-50

Malbranchea, an imitator of coccidioides immitis : a case report

1 Department of Microbiology, Armed Forces medical College, Pune 411 040

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S Gokhale
Department of Microbiology, Armed Forces medical College, Pune 411 040

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ABSTRACT: Coccidioides immitis is a well known pulmonary pathogen, but so far, only one human case has been reported from the Indian subcontinent. A young sailor manifested with chest symptoms and haemoptysis. Bronchoscopic lavage revealed septate fungal hyphae and culture led to the isolation of a fungus which mimicked C.immitis in colony character and arthroconidial morphology. Subsequent studies led to its identification as Malbranchea sulfurea. Review of literature revealed that a number of isolates of Malbranchea have been misidentified as C.immitis in different parts of the would. This is the first case of Malbranchea isolation form bronchial aspirate in India. Awareness of similarities between C. immitis and Malbranchea is essential to avoid misdiagnosis.

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