The increasing role of Microsporum canis in the variety of dermatophytic manifestations reported from Israel

I. Alteras, E. J. Feuerman, M. David, Rina Segal

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Abstract

During a period of 8 years 300 cases of dermatophytoses involving both hairy areas and the glabrous skin were found to be caused by M. canis. There was scalp involvement in 60%, including 8 infants and 27 adults; most of the adults presented Kerion-like lesions and presented various clinical aspects such as seborrhea capitis, folliculitis and discois lupus erythematosus. In the 21 patients showing invasion of the beard the clinical manifestations included superficial erythematosquamous patches with hyperemic slightly elevated margins, folliculitis or abscess-like lesions and Kerion-like lesions. Among the lesions found on the glabrous skin there were unusual aspects of tinea faciei in 19 adults, mimicking lymphocytic infiltration, granuloma faciale or discoid lupus erythematosus. Some of the cases of tinea corporis found in 70 patients also had lesions simulating various other dermatological entities, including erythema multiforme, psoriasiform eruption, pityriasis rosea and seborrheic dermatitis. The hands were invaded in 5 adults patients, with involvement of the finger nails in one. Repeated mycologic examinations were necessary to establish the true etiology in many of these cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-107
Number of pages3
JournalMycopathologia
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1986

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