Which biopsy findings are characteristic of fungal pneumonia?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Romeo A Mandanas, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Biopsy specimens show the following:

  • Caseating or necrotizing granulomas with intracellular organisms inside macrophages (eg, H capsulatum, C immitis)

  • Fungal hyphae in infection with Aspergillus, Mucor, or Scedosporium species

  • Intracellular yeast organisms in Candida species infections


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