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Immediate Diagnosis of Cryptococcus Fungal Infection Using Touch Preparation Analysis

Nisha C. Patel, MD; Agnieszka Kupiec-Banasikowska, MD; Catharine Lisa Kauffman, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(4):501-502. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.26.
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We report the diagnosis of Cryptococcus infection by rapid touch preparation analysis (hereinafter, “touch prep”) of a skin punch biopsy specimen in a patient undergoing liver transplantation. The diagnosis was subsequently confirmed by histologic findings.

Akamatsu  NSugawara  YKaneko  JTamura  SMakuuchi  M Preemptive treatment of fungal infection based on plasma(1→3)beta-D-glucan levels after liver transplantation. Infection 2007;35 (5) 346- 351
PubMed Link to Article[[XSLOpenURL/10.1007/s15010-007-6240-7]]
Solé  ASalavert  M Voriconazole for the therapy of mycoses in recipients of solid organ transplants. Rev Iberoam Micol 2007;24 (3) 217- 222
PubMed Link to Article[[XSLOpenURL/10.1016/S1130-1406(07)70046-3]]
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Quik Dip (Mercedes Medical, Sarasota, Florida) touch preparation staining and analysis demonstrates numerous round fungi (arrow) inside gelatinous capsules (original magnification ×400).

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