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Gabrio T.,Ehemals Landesgesundheitsamt Baden Wurttemberg | Hurrass J.,Gesundheitsamt der Stadt Cologne | Wiesmuller G.A.,RWTH Aachen | Herr C.,Bayerisches Landesamt fur Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit | Raulf M.,Ruhr University Bochum
Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis | Year: 2015

Objectives and significance of methods to identify indoor mold exposure show different intentions as regards interior diagnostics and medical diagnostics. For a better understanding of approaches and tasks of other disciplines, the various mycological methods to identify and quantify fungi in the interior spaces, their strengths and weaknesses are being described. Attention is not only being paid to the morphological methods hitherto generally used in the standard procedures, but also to the current molecular biological and instrumental analytical methods, which are mainly applied in research. This comprehensive presentation of mycological methods provides information both for physicians and for interior diagnostician as regards the approach, tasks, goals, possibilities and limitations of each other's field of work. A correct assessment, both factually and professionally, of an indoor damage caused by dampness and mold mandatorily requires an interdisciplinary collaboration. While mycologist specialized in environmental mycology, indoor air specialists, craftsmen, architects and building experts, are responsible for securing evidence and deciding, whether remediation is required and/or a restoration has been carried out successfully, it is incumbent upon the physician to assess the individual medical risk, which is primarily due to the individual disposition. © ecomed Medizin, eine Marke der ecomed-Storck GmbH, Landsberg.

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