Lung - nontumor

Topic Completed: 1 September 2011

Revised: 29 January 2019, last major update September 2011

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PubMed search: candida [title] lungs

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Candida. website. Accessed May 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • See also Skin - nontumor chapter
  • Normal flora of mouth, GI tract, vagina
  • May be commensal or pathogen
  • Commonly present in upper airways
  • Often present in aspiration pneumonia or pulmonary abscess due to colonization, but invasive disease due to candida is rare in lung except in setting of candidal sepsis
  • Candida pneumonia associated with malignancy or immunosuppression (West J Med 1979;131:196)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Pseudohyphae, occasionally true hyphae and budding yeasts; in some cases, only yeast may be present
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Lung: GMS staining

Positive stains
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