The cortisone acetate mediated neutrophil infiltration did not prevent conidia germination even one day after infection. (A): Multifocal inflammatory lesion extending from bronchi/bronchioles to alveoli (arrowheads). (B): Numerous fungal cells can be detected in the inflammatory infiltrates (arrowheads). (C, E): In the bronchioles (C) as well as in the alveoli (E), inflammatory infiltrates contained numerous neutrophils, which were very often fragmented (suppuration). (D, F): Bronchiolar spaces contained mature hyphae (D) in contrast to alveolar spaces that contained poorly mature hyphae and early germinating conidia (F). A, C, E: HE staining; B, D, F: GMS staining.