Here are the figures from: Berman JJ, Yost, B.
Coccidioidomycosis versus pollen.
Southern Medical Journal 82(2):277, 1989.
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Fig 1. Pollen grains in sputa from Case 1. Pollen grains with a thin cell wall and wedging (arrow). Inset shows a larger pollen grain from the same specimen with an angular broken cell wall and internal pollen granules. (Papanicolaou's stain X730).
Fig 2. Coccidioides immitis in sputa from Case 2. Six organisms are engulfed by a macrophage. Note variation in the morphology of the endospores from organism to organism. A perfectly round spherule with a .double refractile capsule seen as free organism in a purulent background. (Papanicolaou's stain, X730.)
Fig 3. Caseating granuloma containing Coccidioides. Transbronchial biopsy from Case 2. (Gomori's methenamine silver, Xl00).
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