Peritonitis due to Thermoascus taitungiacus (anamorph Paecilomyces taitungiacus)

A. Korzets, M. Weinberger*, A. Chagnac, A. Goldschmied-Reouven, M. G. Rinaldi, D. A. Sutton

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The first case of human disease due to the thermophilic ascomycete Thermoascus taitungiacus (the teleomorph of Paecilomyces taitungiacus) is presented. T. taitungiacus was recovered from four dialysate fluid specimens of a 57-year-old patient undergoing chronic peritoneal dialysis. Identification was based upon cylindrical conidia, reddish orange nonostiolate ascomata, lack of growth at 20°C, thermotolerance, and ascospores that appeared pale yellow, elliptical, thick walled, and predominately echinulate by light microscopy but irregularly verrucose by scanning electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-724
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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