Definition of blastomycosis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌblastōmīˈkōsəs/ /ˌblæstoʊmaɪˈkoʊsəs/


  • A disease caused by infection with parasitic fungi affecting the skin or the internal organs.

    The fungi (blastomycetes) belong to the genus Blastomyces, subdivision Deuteromycotina

    ‘An elevated white blood cell count with increased neutrophils and immature granulocytes is typically seen with fungal infections such as blastomycosis.’
    • ‘Patients with blastomycosis have pulmonary disease of some severity.’
    • ‘We describe a fatal case of primary pulmonary blastomycosis in a patient with steroid-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.’
    • ‘Our case underscores the necessity of considering blastomycosis in an immunosuppressed patient presenting with pneumonia.’
    • ‘A recent case series from Tennessee reported an 11% mortality attributable to ARDS from acute pulmonary blastomycosis.’