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Reviewer: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 23 December 2011, last major update September 2011
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● 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)

Micro description

● Pseudohyphae, occasionally true hyphae and budding yeasts; in some cases, only yeast may be present

Micro images



Lung: GMS staining

Positive stains

● GMS, PAS; strongly gram positive

End of Lung-nontumor > Infections > Candida

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