The lipophilic yeast Malassezia is dimorphic in that it colonizes the skin in the yeast phase but transforms to the mold phase when it causes disease. Malassezia species are part of the indigenous human flora found in the stratum corneum of the back, chest, scalp & face – areas rich in sebaceous glands. They cause superficial cutaneous infections like Tinea versicolor, Folliculitis and Seborrhoeic dermatitis. However, disseminated infection or fungemia is rare and almost always seen in premature neonates receiving parenteral lipid preparations through a central venous catheter.

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  • Pre-test Information:
    Does not include anti-fungal sensitivity.
  • Report Delivery:
    Sample Daily by 4 pm; Report 2 days
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