Mycetoma of the foot caused by madurella mycetomatis in immigrants from sudan

Tamar Brufman, Ronen Ben-Ami, Michal Mizrahi, Edna Bash, Yael Paran

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Abstract

Background: Mycetoma is a chronic and destructive infection caused by either fungus or bacteria. Mycetoma has a characteristic clinical presentation of a triad of tumor-like swelling, draining sinuses, and macroscopic grains. Mycetoma infection is extremely rare in Israel; however, in view of the recent immigration from mycetoma-hyperendemic regions of Africa to Israel, physicians in Israel may encounter this infection. Objectives: To present two cases of mycetoma caused by Madurella mycatomatis in immigrants from endemic regions in Sudan treated at our hospital, and review the current literature. Conclusions: Health care professionals in Israel should suspect mycetoma in patients from endemic countries who present with tumor-like swelling especially in the lower extremity. Health care workers should be able to recognize mycetoma and provide the optimal treatment before the lesion progresses to an advanced and disabling disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-420
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume17
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Immigrants
  • Israel
  • Madurella mycetomatis
  • Mycetoma
  • Sudan

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