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Description:At magnification of 200X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural details exhibited by a pycnidium of a Phoma sp. fungal organism. You’ll note that this pycnidium had burst open, thereby, releasing some of its contents pycnidiospores, or spores produced in its interior.
Though uncommon, Phoma sp. are sometimes a cause of the fungal disease, phaeohyphomycosis, usually in individuals who are immunosuppressed, and may be confined to the cutaneous tissues, or rarely, systemically disseminated. Phaeohyphomycosis is of a group of fungal infections characterized by superficial and deep tissue involvement caused by dematiaceous, dark-walled fungi that form pigmented hyphae, or fine branching tubes, and yeast-like cells in the infected tissues.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Lucille K. Georg
Creation Date:1971
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CDC Organization
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