Fusarium oxysporum was isolated from a large foot ulcer in an otherwise healthy 69‐year‐old man. Although tissue invasion could not be proven histologically, systemic antifun‐gal treatment was administered with satisfactory response. Fusarium species are common soil‐inhabiting organisms and plant pathogens. In humans, Fusarium is considered an opportunistic agent in skin ulcers, interdigital spaces, and burned skin, but can also cause mycotic keratitis, onychomycosis, and rarely deep‐seated or disseminated infections, especially in an immunocompromised host. The distinction between skin infection and saprophytic growth, as well as optimal treatment regimens for the two types of infection, have not been clearly defined. We describe a case of leg ulcers caused by Fusarium oxysporum in a 69‐year‐old man treated successfully with oral ketoconazole. “Silent” immunologic disturbances were found in this apparently healthy patient. The case illustrates a relatively benign infection caused by Fusarium that responded to systemic antifungal drug treatment.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||International Journal of Dermatology|
|State||Published - Jul 1992|