Clinical Microbiology

FUNGI (MLS)

Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Ingibjörg Hilmarsdóttir, MD
Dr Hilmarsdóttir disclosed no conflict of interest

Learning objectives:

  • Describe basic morphological features of fungi and their modes of conidiogenesis
  • Understand the difference between taxonomic and descriptive groups of fungi and the existence of cryptic fungal species
  • Describe macro- and microscopic features of yeasts
  • Describe macro- and microscopic features of hyaline and melanized septate molds
  • Describe macro- and microscopic features of dermatophytes and dimorphic fungi
  • Describe macro- and microscopic features of pauciseptate molds
  • Describe the principal characteristics and staining properties of microsporidia and Pneumocystis jirovecii
  • Recall the natural reservoirs, ecologic groups and geographic distribution of the main fungal pathogens
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