Journal Article

First Spanish case of onychomycosis caused by <i>Chaetomium globosum</i>

Carmen Aspiroz, Josepa Gené, Antonio Rezusta, Luis Charlez and Richard C. Summerbell

in Medical Mycology

Published on behalf of International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

Volume 45, issue 3, pages 279-282
Published in print May 2007 | ISSN: 1369-3786
Published online May 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13693780601164280
First Spanish case of onychomycosis caused by Chaetomium globosum

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Members of the fungal genus Chaetomium usually colonize cellulose-containing plant remains but on rare occasions may cause opportunistic mycoses and cutaneous infection in otherwise healthy individuals. To our knowledge, there have been only five credible descriptions of onychomycosis caused by members of this genus and only two of these contained information on therapy. We describe the first case of Chaetomium globosum onychomycosis recorded in Spain. The etiologic significance of the fungus was confirmed by its repeated isolation at different times, to the exclusion of dermatophytes. Clinically, the affected nails showed an excellent response to terbinafine and complete cure appeared to have been attained.

Keywords: onychomycosis; Chaetomium globosum; toenail; Spain

Journal Article.  1506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Mycology and Fungi ; Infectious Diseases ; Medical Toxicology ; Veterinary Medicine ; Environmental Science

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