Fungal contaminants in cytopathology specimens

Biomed J. 2014 Jan-Feb;37(1):31-2. doi: 10.4103/2319-4170.117898.


A pseudo-epidemic of environmental fungi, most likely by Fusarium spp., leading to inappropriate investigations for disseminated systemic mycosis is described. Subtle diagnostic clues, including the specimens affected, the nature of the host response, and the type of fungal elements noted helped to determine the nature of contaminants. The potential pitfall can be avoided by the knowledge of pertinent disease biology, prompt consultation for infectious diseases, and investigations of the potential environmental sources followed by source control.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Diseases / immunology
  • Communicable Diseases / microbiology*
  • Cytological Techniques* / methods
  • Fungi / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Specimen Handling