Medical Fun Facts - Gary Lum
About This Show
I started Medical Fun Facts after a friend at work asked that whenever I visit her at her work station I share with her a medical fun fact. Given my knowledge-base is focussed mainly on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, some aspects of pathology and a little bit about health emergency management, this podcast will probably reflect these areas. It’s highly unlikely I will delve into psychiatry or endocrinology, not because they are not interesting, but mainly because I don’t have much to do with those areas of medicine. Now I should point out that I am a registered medical practitioner in Australia. I have general registration in medicine and specialist registration in microbiology. I want to make it very clear that I am not forming a doctor patient relationship with anyone through this podcast and I am not offering clinical advice in the treatment of any particular person. If you need medical advice you should consult a registered medical practitioner in your area. I also suggest you do not see practitioners of alternative or complementary or integrative medicine. See a fair dinkum doctor and always consider a second opinion. If you disagree with anything in these podcasts or if you would like to voice a different view please feel free to write a comment. If I have said something incorrect I welcome correction. Please also feel free to share your comments on social media.
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Medical Fun Facts Episode 76: Cryptococcus
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Cryptococcus means hidden sphere in Greek. It is the name given to the yeast phase while its filamentous sexual phase is known as Filobasidiella. The type species is Cryptococcus neoformans and it is best known for the capsule which is a virulence factor and rich in mannose and glucuronic acid.
There is another species which is found mostly in Africa and Australia, viz., Cryptococcus gattii. C. gattii has an association with gum trees also known as eucalyptus trees. So, in non-native environments, outbreaks of C. gattii can be found when gum trees are planted in non-native areas, e.g., Canada. This was seen when Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus was at its peak. Cryptococcosis was a common AIDS defining infection and the isolation of C. gattii occurred in places where gum trees, especially river red gum trees have been planted.
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