Medfools fungus chart for USMLE I , Schemes and Mind Maps for Microbiology

Medfools fungus chart for USMLE I , Schemes and Mind Maps for Microbiology

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Fungus chart for USMLES I, superficial, subcutaneous fungi, Gljivice
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SPIROCHETES Thin walled , flexible, s... 1

Medfools Fungus Chart for the USMLE I Fungus Notes for USMLE I with the usual cheesy mnemonics.

SUPERFICIAL MYCOSES Spherical yeasts, branched Hyphae Malassezia furfur Diseases Diagnosis Treatment Tinea versicolor- chronic superficial skin infection w/ hypo or hyperpigmented areas. Asymptomatic lesions identified by pigment changes/failure to tan.More frequent in hot/humid weather

Branched hyphae, spherical yeasts in KOH treated skin scrapings

Selenium sulfide shampoo, imidazoles

Exophiala werneckii Tinea nigra- chronic superficial infection, black lesions on palms and soles

Branched hyphae, spherical yeasts in KOH treated skin scrapings

Selenium sulfide shampoo, imidazoles

CUTANEOUS MYCOSES No Yeast / Branched Hyphae, micro/macroconidia Dermatophytoses: Microsporum spp., Trichophyton spp., Epidermophyton floccosum Diseases Habitat/Trans Pathogenesis Diagnosis Treatment Puritic papules, vesicles, Hypersensitivity to fungal antigens may present as “dermatophytid” rxns (NOT an infection! NO hyphae/organisms) Chronic infection esp. w/ heat/humidity. Tinea corporis- ringworm – body Tiniea cruris – jock itch- groin Tinea pedis- athlete’s foot- toes Tinea capitis- head Tinea unguium- onychomycosis- nails Tinea barbae- beard

Infect superficial keratinized structures, skin, hair, nails.

Spread by direct contact.

Keratinase- results in scaly skin, hair loss, brittle nails

Branched hyphae in KOH treated skin/nail scrapings.

Wood’s light for some Microsporum

Topical imidazoles. Tinea capitis, barbae, unguium, w/ oral griseofulvin (hair/nail involvement)

SUBCUTANEOUS MYCOSES Round/Cigar budding yeast/ Branched hyphae w/ oval conidia at tip of conidiophores Sporothrix schenckii (gardener’s disease) Diseases Habitat/Trans Diagnosis Treatment Causes local pustule/ulcer with nodules along draining lymphatics (think linear distribution)

Soil/vegetation (thorns, splinters) Gardeners at risk. Introduced by trauma

Round or cigar shaped budding yeasts in tissue or 37’Branching hyphae w/ oval conidia at tip of conidiophores at 25’. (like a daisy— Think of aGardener planting daisies smoking a cigar!)

Potassium Iodide Amphotericin B 2

SYTEMIC MYCOSES: general rules

ALL dimorphic, YEASTS in humans (molds in dirt), Human infection by SPORE inhalation, so NO Person-Person transmission (remember yeasts DO NOT make spores), most infections asymptomatic or mild pneumonia. Dissemination results when IMMUNOCOMPROMISED. Grows as MOLD (mycelia w/ spores) at 25’C in Sabouraud’s agar and as a YEAST at 37’C in blood agar. Diagnosis by serology or biopsy/culture w/ silver stain. DTH tests useful to RULE OUT diagnoses. Systemic mycoses need the BIG GUNS: amphotericin B or itraconazole

SYSTEMIC MYCOSES Dimorphic Fungi Coccidioides immitis (SW USA, Latin America) Diseases Characteristics Habitat/Trans Pathogenesis Diagnosis Treatment Coccidiomycosis- mild lung infection, usually asymptomatic or mild pneumonia. Dissemination leads to bone granulomas or meningitis. 10% develop erythema nodosum (red tender nodules on extensor surfaces, indicated DTH rxn to fungal antigens – NO organisms in lesions) and arthragias- “valley fever”, “desert rheumatism”

In soil, hyphae with alternating arthrospores and empty cells.

Spherules” in tissue

Endemic in arid parts of SW USA, Latin America.

Arthrospores are inhaled.

Arthrospores make spherules w/ doubly refractive wall filled with endospores. On rupture, endospores released to form new spherules which spread by direct extension or via blood.

Skin tests w/ coccidiodin or spherulin

Amphotericin B Itraconazole

Histoplasma capsulatum (Ohio and Mississippi river valleys) Histoplasmosis- asymptomatic infrection or mild pneumonia, disseminated in immunocompromised

NO capsule. Two kinds of asexual spores: tuberculate macroconidia, microconidia

Worldwide, but endemic to Ohio, Mississippi river valleys. (Think OHIstOplama) Bird/bat droppings in soil.

Inhaled microconidia develop into yeasts within macrophages. (Histoplasma Hides in macrophages)

Spreads quickly, calcified granulomas.

ID budding yeasts WITHIN macrophages.

DTH skin test w/ histoplasmin

Amphotericin B Itraconazole

Blastomyces dermatitidis (East of Mississippi, Central America) Blastomycosis- ALMOST ALWAYS SYMPTOMATIC! (IT BLASTS YOU!) - disseminates w/ fever, night sweats, weight loss, skin and lung granulomas

Round yeast w/ doubly refractive wall (like coccidio) , single broad based bud

East of Missisippi, and Central America.

Soil, rotton wood.

Inhaled conidia Amphotericin B Itraconazole

Paracoccidiodes brasiliensis (rural Latin America) Asymptomatic lung lesions, mild pneumonia Thick walled

yeast, multiple buds

Latin America Soil fungus

Spores inhaled Amphotericin B Itraconazole 3

OPPORTUNISTIC MYCOSES All Monomorphic Candida albicans (yeast only) Diseases Characteristics Habitat/Trans Pathogenesis Diagnosis Treatment Vulvovaginitis- vaginal itching/discharge, favored by high pH, diabetes, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, menses, pregancy Cutaneous candidiasis- skin invasion favored by warmth, moisture: inframammary folds, groin Oral thrush- white exudate in immunocompromised Esophogeal candidiasis- AIDS defining illness w/ substernal chest pain, dysphagia Disseminated candidiasis- Immunocompromised and IVDA

Oval yeast w/ single bud. Can appear as “pseudohyphae” w/in tissue

Normal flora of upper respiratory, GI, female GU, so NO person-person transmission.

NEVER in the blood

C.albicans differentiated from other Candida by germ tubes in serum at 37’C and chlamydospores. Skin tests are positive in normal adults, indicator of good cellular immunity.

Skin infections w/ topical clotrimazole, vaginitis w/ imidazole suppositories, oral thrush w/ “swish ‘n swallow” nystatin, systemic candidiasis w/ amphotericin B

Cryptococcus neoformans (yeast only) Usually asymptomatic, can cause pneumonia, bone/skin granulomas. Dissemination causes cryptococcal meningitis, subacute.

Oval budding yeast w/ wide polysaccardide capsule (India ink stain)

Soil w/ pigeon crap. (Think: cryptoCOCCUS= pigeon CACA)

Humans inhale Yeast

CSF culture, cryptococcal antigen test, India Ink stain

Meningitis takes 6+ months of amphotericin B, Flucytosine Document care via serial lumbar punctures

Aspergillus fumigatus (mold only) Invasive necrotizing pneumonia in AIDS, Molds grow in pulmonary cavities and produce aspergilloma (FUNGUS BALL), requiring surgery. Can also induce allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, type I hypersensitivity rxn like asthma.

A.flavus- grows on cereal or nuts produces aflatoxins (toxic, carcinogenic to liver)

Septate hyphae, V- shapted branches. Conidia form radiating chains. (compare w/ mucor/rhizopus)

Saprophytic molds EVERYWHERE!

Transmission by airborne conidia colonize and invade abraded skin, wounds, burns, ear, cornia

Sputum culture, or Fungus Ball on CXR or CT

Amphotericin B

Mucor/Rhizopus (mold only) Rhinocerebral mucormycosis- associated w/ diabetes, caused by infection of nasal mucosa with invasion of sinuses/orbit. Molds proliferate in walls of blood vessels.

(Think MUCOR/Rhizopus invades MUCOSA)

Nonseptate hyphae w/ broad irregular walls and right angle branches (compare w/ aspergillus) Endospores inside of sporangium

Saprophytic molds EVERYWHERE!

Biopsy Amphotericin B, Surgical resection

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Fungus M orphologies C









T inea: (M

alassezia furfur, Exophiala

w eneckii)

Spherical yeast B

ranched H yphae

D erm

atophytoses: (M

icrosporum ,

trichophyton, epiderm




B ranched hyphae w

/ m acro and

m icroconidia


Sporotrichosis R

ound or cigar shaped budding yeast

B ranched hyphae w

/ oval conidia at tip of conidiophores (“daisies”)

C occidioides

“Spherule” containing endospores B

ranched hyphae w / alternating

arthrospores and em pty cells

H istoplasm

a O

val budding yeast IN SID

E m

acrophages B

ranched hyphae w / m

acro and m

icroconidia B

lastom yces

R ound yeast w

/ doubly refractive w

all, single broad based bud B

ranched hyphae w / sm

all conidia


Paracoccidioides R

ound yeast w / thick w

all and m

ultiple buds B

ranched hyphae w / sm

all conidia

C andida

O val yeast w

/ single bud and “psuedohyphae”

C . albicans germ

tubes w /

cham ydospores at 37’C



C ryptococcus

O val budding yeast w

/ polysccharide capsule



A spergillus



V -shaped septate hyphae w

/ radiating chains of conidia


M ucor/R

hizopus N



ight-angle branched nonseptate hyphae w

/ sporangium

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