Black aspergilli as causes of otomycosis in the era of molecular diagnostics, a mini-review

J Mycol Med. 2021 Dec 28;32(2):101240. doi: 10.1016/j.mycmed.2021.101240. Online ahead of print.


Otomycosis refers to the fungal infection of the external auditory canal, and less commonly the middle ear. A wide range of fungi can cause this disease, however, the most common etiologies are species of Aspergillus and Candida. Until recent years, Aspergillus niger was thought to be the prevailing species of the genus Aspergillus that causes otomycosis. Using molecular methods, now, it is known that Aspergillus section Nigri comprises several morphologically similar species and all black Aspergillus isolates are not necessarily equivalent to Aspergillus niger. In this review, we focus on the species within the Aspergillus section Nigri and their role as the causative agents of otomycosis.

PMID:34999297 | DOI:10.1016/j.mycmed.2021.101240

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