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August 30, 1976

Candida vs Geotrichum

Author Affiliations

Albany Medical College Albany, NY

JAMA. 1976;236(9):1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270100015016

To the Editor.—  In an article entitled "Geotrichum Septicemia" by Sheehy et al (235:1035, 1976), the fungus shown in Fig 1 through 3 was identified as Geotrichum. Geotrichum does not multiply by budding either in culture or in tissues. It produces rectangular arthrospores that on aging appear oval or round. The characteristic feature of Geotrichum is its mode of sporulation, which is by fragmentation of the mycelium.1,2In all three figures in the article by Sheehy et al, the fungus shows bud production and not arthrospores. The spores produced are, therefore, blastospores—characteristic spores of Candida sp. The correct title of the article should have been "Candida Septicemia."