Onychomycosis due to Candida parapsilosis in a Child with Ventricular Septal Defect: An Unusual Predisposition
Mycological investigation of 108 nail specimens taken from a total of 41 patients examined over three years included direct microscopy and repeated cultures. A higher incidence of onychomycosis of the fingernails (75%) was observed in women while afflictions of the toenails (71%) prevailed in men. The highest prevalence of onychomycosis was found in patients between 50 and 70 years of age.Candida albicans was the dominant organism causing onychomycosis (prevalence rate 60.9%), followed byC. parapsilosis (19.6%),C. tropicalis (9.8),C. krusei (4.9),C. guilliermondii andC. zeylanoides (2.4% each).