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Candida albicans - Germ Tube Formation

Candida albicans is known to be a germ tube producer. The elongated, but not quite hyphal, structures that are present in this fungal group are consistent with germ tubes (see arrows).

While it is possible to speculate about fungal identity from the cytospin preparation, this is truly the microbiology laboratory's role. This cytospin could be reported as "positive" for yeast after correlating results with the microbiology laboratory. However, follow your laboratory's protocols for reporting.