Medical Mycology: Most common fungi related videos and their descriptions

Medical Mycology: Most common fungi related videos and their descriptions

Introduction of Medical Mycology

Medical mycology:The science that deals with the study of fungi that causes disease is called medical mycology. Initially fungal infections or  diseases were neglected but nowadays they are emerging  as a huge problems for proper treatment of patients in health care settings and fungal infections are-

The infection of fungi is called mycoses.

Fungal infections are  divided into four groups and they are-

  1. Superficial mycoses: The filamentous fungi which cause superficial disease in human may be broadly divided into two groups. Primarily  the dermatophytes, natural group related fungi causing the disease tinea or ring worm in various forms. Secondarily a miscellaneous group of unrelated filamentous fungi, may be saprophytes or plant pathogens which produce clinical condition of skin, hair, nail, eye or ear, causing  Tinea Nigra (Hortaea werneckii) , Piedra (Trichosporon and Piedraia hortae) and Malassezia infections.
  2. Cutaneous mycoses: It is caused by dermatophytes a group of three genus Trichophyton,Microssporum and Epidermophyton.
  3. Subcutaneous mycoses: It is localized , spreading infections which results from the inoculation into cutaneous and sub cutaneous tissue of wide of saprophytic fungi are Chromobalstomycosis, Mycetoma, Sprotrichosis, Rhinosporidiosis.
  4. Systemic mycoses: The fungi which cause the deep or systemic mycoses are Histoplasmosis, Blastomycosis, Cryptococcosis, Coccidioidosis, Paracoccidioidosis.

Pathogenic group of fungi

They are of two types:

  1. True pathogens and
  2. Opportunistic pathogens

True pathogens are of four genera

  • Histoplasma
  • Blastomyces dermatitidis
  • Coccidioides immitis
  • Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

Opportunistic pathogens are-

  • Candida
  • Aspergillus
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • Mucor
  • Penicillium

Some fungal diseases and their causative agents

Fungal infections list

Dimorphic fungi

They exist as yeasts in the host tissue and the culture at 37°C and hyphal (mycelium) forms in the soil and in the culture at 22-25°C. Most of them cause systemic infection and they are-

  • Sporothrix schenckii
  • Blastomycosis
  • Histoplasma
  • Candida albicans
  • Paracoccidiodes
  • Penicillium marnefii
  • Coccidioides

Importance of Fungal  infections or diseases and their laboratory Diagnosis 

Fungal  infections or diseases are difficult to manage because of following reasons-

  • they tend to be chronic,
  • hard to diagnose,
  • and difficult to eradicate with anti fungal drugs.
  • In the near horizon, the prevalence of fungal diseases is likely to increase, as there will be more hosts with impaired immunity and drug resistance will inevitably increase after selection by anti-fungal drug use.
  • There is need in  progress in the development of new drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and immunotherapies.
  • In the far horizon, humanity may face new fungal diseases in association with climate change.
  • Some current associations between chronic diseases and fungal infections could lead to the establishment of fungi as causative agents, which will  not greatly enhance their medical importance but also longer hospital stay and economic burden.

Fungal infections Laboratory diagnosis can be carried out under following points: 

  • Specimens
    Direct Examination of specimens
    Microscopy (KOH preparation, staining techniques, direct immunofluorescence and histology)
  • Culture and isolation
  • Identification of culture growth: Colony character, microscopy ( Tease mount, cellophane tape preparation and slide culture), Nucleic acid probes
  • Indirect method based on host immune response: Skin testing, serological tests and miscellaneous tests for the identification of yeasts and molds.
























































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