<i>Aspergillus</i> Species

Shimon Kusne and Ann E. McCullough

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Aspergillus Species

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Aspergillus are ubiquitous molds that grow quickly, forming fluffy colonies in culture. Under microscopic examination an erect conidiophore has a swollen vesicle covered with phialides, which give rise to conidia. In tissue, hyphae predominate. The most common pathogen is Aspergillus fumigatus. Other pathogenic species include Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus terreus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus ustus, and Aspergillus nidulans. There are increasing reports of other rare species causing infection.

Chapter.  1369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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