Professionals from the National Reference Laboratory for Clinical Bacteriology (LRNBC) of the National Institute of Health Laboratories “Dr. Néstor Morales Villazón“ INLASA, Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) in a lung biopsy tissue sample.
The Mycology area of the INLASA Bacteriology Laboratory received a lung biopsy sample from a 58-year-old male patient from Palos Blancos, who was treated for pulmonary tuberculosis but who, after receiving 52 doses of anti-tuberculosis drugs, did not show no improvement in his picture. The treating physicians decide to test for PCM.
Through this important finding, it was evidenced that PCM is present in Bolivia and it is possible that, not having been described before, it is not being diagnosed; therefore, it is essential to prepare laboratory methods for their identification.
The microbiologybook.org says paracoccidioidomycosis is a chronic granulomatous disease of mucous membranes, skin, and pulmonary system. This disease occurs from the middle of Mexico (North America) to Central and South America. Most cases are reported from Brazil. The ecological niche of this organism is probably the soil.
The disease has a long latency period. 10-20 years may pass between infection and manifestation of the infection in the non-endemic areas of the world.
Paracoccidioidomycosis is also known as Brazilian blastomycosis, South American blastomycosis, Lutz-Splendore-de Almeida disease and paracoccidioidal granuloma.