|Description:||This woman was seated in typical tropical forest in her West Indian homeland. Her left foot had been propped up on a pillow, and it exhibited extreme swelling due to what was a case of mycetoma, which had been caused by the fungal organism, Pseudallescheria boydii, which is also known as Petriellidium boydii, and Allescheria boydii. Note that with her left hand she held on to a cane, which she used as support for her left side while ambulating. See PHIL 15751, for a view of this woman's living conditions.|
Pseudallescheria boydii is a true fungal organism, known to be a cause of the disease known as mycetoma, a cutaneous infection, though this organism has also been cultured from infections involving the lungs, cornea, ear, sinuses, and meninges. Immunocompromised individuals are at a greater risk for succumbing to pathologic involvement with this organism. In the case of this particular patient, it was present in this section of heart tissue.