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Pulmonary aspergillosis and the importance of oxalate crystal recognition in cytology specimens.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3778147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 62-year-old man, previously healthy but alcoholic, and who was clinically thought to have bacterial pneumonia, presented with a pulmonary infiltrate in the right apex, and suddenly died of exsanguinating hemoptysis. Sputum cultures yielded Aspergillus niger and Candida krusei while sputum cytology revealed numerous birefringent crystals in a background of acute inflammatory exudate. Autopsy findings showed invasive aspergillosis with a large mycetoma-containing cavity in the lung that was associated with localized massive oxalosis. This case further substantiates the fact that the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in pulmonary biopsy and cytology specimens can be regarded as an important diagnostic aid in the diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis due to A niger.
S H Lee; W G Barnes; W P Schaetzel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0003-9985     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  1986 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-12-15     Completed Date:  1986-12-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1176-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aspergillosis / complications,  pathology*
Aspergillus niger
Calcium Oxalate / analysis*
Hemoptysis / etiology
Lung Diseases, Fungal / complications,  pathology*
Middle Aged
Sputum / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
25454-23-3/Calcium Oxalate

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