Blasto. hominis - question for Judy D.

JEDilworth bactitech at
Mon Jun 24 14:20:17 EST 2002

Gee, thanks for the confidence but I really don't know. I personally
call them when I see them and let the docs decide if they're relevant. I
will cross-post this to and see if any of the other
micro people in there have any comments.  These organisms can vary
anywhere from 5-30 microns in diameter and can be difficult to detect in
low numbers. Their relevancy to infection has been disputed. Some
textbooks relegate them to the yeast category.

One of our infectious disease docs only worried about them in AIDS
patients. She then was particular about the quantitation.

Why do you ask?

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)

Jenni wrote:
> Hi,
> I wanted to ask Judy Dilworth about lab detection of B.hominis
> Are all forms of Blasto. currently looked for by labs and not just the
> most common 10 to 15 .,m diameter vacuolar form? ie. are the smaller
> forms looked for also?
> Thanks
> Jenni Mayall

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