Melanized fungi, those with dark pigments in their hyphae or conidia, cause several significant diseases including phaeohyphomycosis, chromoblastomycosis, and mycetoma. Correct identification of the causative fungi is critical to appropriate treatment. This is the final presentation of a 3-part Hot Topic in which Dr. Roberts describes the characteristics of melanized fungi and the steps necessary to identify the specific fungi present. Part 3 focuses on polymorphic fungi.
Presenter(s) and Credentials:
Glenn D. Roberts, Ph.D., is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Microbiology at Mayo Clinic, as well as a consultant in the Division of Clinical Microbiology.