ROSALYN E. STAHL, M.D.; RAWHI A. OMAR, Ph.D.; GARY P. WORMSER, M.D.
To the editor: It has been recommended that acid-fast staining be done routinely on all tissues taken from patients with or suspected of having the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (1, 2). We further suggest that fungal stains be done on all tissues taken from these patients.
We recently received a lymph node biopsy specimen from a 28-year old male prisoner in which 90% of the node was replaced by Kaposi's sarcoma. A Gomori silver methenamine stain, however, also showed budding yeasts within the lesion that stained positively with mucicarmine. As shown by this case, determination of a clear-cut diagnosis by a
STAHL RE, OMAR RA, WORMSER GP. Fungal Stains in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;102:413. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-3-413_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(3):413.
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