Diagnosis of pulmonary fungal infections

Scott F. Davies

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The diagnosis of pulmonary fungal infections is reviewed. An overview of the major endemic and opportunistic fungal infections is followed by a brief discussion of the available diagnostic tools. These include: (1) direct microscopic examination of secretions or body fluids; (2) histopathologic examination of tissue biopsies; (3) cultures of secretions, body fluids, or ground-up tissue; and (4) immunological tests ("fungal serologies"). In the final section, a current diagnostic approach is given that identifies the diagnostic tests most likely to be helpful for each infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-171
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Respiratory Infections
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1988


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