Acrophialophora fusispora

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Acrophialophora fusispora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Ascomycetes
Subclass: Incertae sedis
Order: Incertae sedis
Family: Incertae sedis
Genus: Acrophialophora
Species: A. fusispora
Binomial name
Acrophialophora fusispora
(S.B. Saksena) Samson, (1970)

Acrophialophora nainiana Edward, (1961)
Masoniella indica M.A. Salam & P.Rama Rao, (1960)
Paecilomyces fusisporus S.B. Saksena, (1953)

Acrophialophora fusispora is an ascomycete fungus that is a plant, animal, and human pathogen.[1][2] The fungus is naturally found in soils in tropical to temperate regions.[1] It is poorly studied but appears to opportunistically infect the eyes, lungs, and brains of humans, particularly affecting the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis.[2] Eye infections have causes keratitis, while a cerebral infection in a young girl resulted in a brain abscess.[1] At least seven confirmed cases have been described, but misidentifications may mean it is more common.[3] The fungus also has two documented cases of infection in dogs.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Liu, Dongyou (2011). Molecular Detection of Human Fungal Pathogens. p. 163. 
  2. ^ a b Sandoval-Denis, Marcelo (May 2015). "Acrophialophora, a Poorly Known Fungus with Clinical Significance". Journal of Clinical Microbiology. PMC 4400740. 
  3. ^ a b Guarro, Josep (September 2007). "Acrophialophora fusispora: an emerging agent of human mycoses. A report of 3 new clinical cases". Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease.