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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2006 Sep;20(3):645-62, vii.

Endemic mycoses: blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, and sporotrichosis.

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University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. ckauff@umich.edu

Abstract

The endemic mycoses are diverse group of fungi that share several characteristics. They are able to cause disease in healthy hosts, they each occupy a specific ecologic niche in the environment, and they exhibit temperature dimorphism, existing as molds in the environment at temperature of 25 degrees C to 30 degrees C, and as yeasts, or spherules in the case of coccidioidomycosis, at body temperatures. This article discusses histoplasmosis and blastomycosis. Sporotrichosis, which differs in that it is usually a localized lymphocutaneous infection, is included because it shares the characteristics of endemic mycoses.

PMID:
16984873
DOI:
10.1016/j.idc.2006.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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