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NJBMS - Volume 1, Issue 3, January - March 2011

Pages: 166-168

PAECILOMYCES VARIOTII, AN UNDER DIAGNOSED MALADY OF A MICROBIOLOGIST; CAUSING MYCOTIC INFECTION IN THE MAXILLARY SINUS IN AN IMMUNOCOMPETENT INDIVIDUAL. A CASE REPORT.

Author: Vimal Kumar Karnaker, Rekha Rai, Teerthanath S, Krishnaprasad MS

Category: Microbiology

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Abstract:

Paecilomyces variotii is closely related to Penicillium species. Various studies show that Paecilomyces Spp is encountered most often in the clinical laboratory as contaminants in cultured clinical specimens [1]. Based on

the cultural characters and microscopic observations the organism causing the present infection is diagnosed as Paecilomyces variotii. The fungus can be located anywhere in the body. An initial misdiagnosis in this patient's case as Penicillium was done which can be attributed to the similarities this fungus shares with Penicillium and that iswhywe refer to it as \"Paecilomyces variotii, an under diagnosed malady of a microbiologist; causing mycotic infection in the maxillary sinus in an immunocompetent individual\" requiring careful review

Keywords: Paecilomyces, Maxillary sinus, Mycoticinfection.

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