Clinical analysis of deep cutaneous mycoses: a 12-year experience at a single institution.

Abstract

Deep cutaneous mycoses can cause significant morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised patients. There have been few studies focusing on deep cutaneous mycoses and there are no data from Asian countries. This study aimed to investigate clinical characteristics, underlying predisposing factors, aetiological organisms and outcomes in patients with deep cutaneous mycoses. A retrospective medical record review of patients with deep cutaneous mycoses treated at a tertiary referral centre in Korea from 1999 to 2010. Forty-one cases of deep cutaneous mycosis were identified (median age: 49). Most patients (32/41) had impaired immunological status, and seven of the remaining nine had a history of physical trauma. Neutropenia and long-term use of antibiotics were detected in 13 and 12 patients respectively. Nodular skin lesions were the most common type (17/41) and the morphology of the lesions varied. Fungal organisms were identified by culture and histopathology of skin specimens. Candida (16/41) was the most common organism, followed by Aspergillus, Alternaria, Fusarium (4/41 each). Systemic antifungal treatment was successful in 28 patients, while nine patients died from the fungal infection. Our study may lead to improved insights into deep cutaneous mycoses as their incidence is increasing and they vary in different clinical settings.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0507.2012.02191.x

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@article{Kim2012ClinicalAO, title={Clinical analysis of deep cutaneous mycoses: a 12-year experience at a single institution.}, author={M S Kim and Sang-Won Lee and Heung Sup Sung and Changyeon Won and Shiuh Young Chang and M W Lee and J-H Choi and K C Moon}, journal={Mycoses}, year={2012}, volume={55 6}, pages={501-6} }