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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 42, n° 5P2
pages 929-931 (mai 2000)
Doi : 10.1016/S0190-9622(00)90275-5
Trichosporon cutaneum (Trichosporon asahii ) infection mimicking hand eczema in a patient with leukemia

Toshifumi Nakagawa, MDa, Kuniyuki Nakashima, MDa, Takashi Takaiwa, MDa, Kiyoshi Negayama, MTb
Kagawa, Japan 
From the Departments of Dermatologya and Clinical Laboratoryb, Kagawa Medical University 


Trichosporon Cutaneum is a yeast-like fungus that causes white piedra and onychomycosis. Recently, it has also been recognized as an opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised hosts. We describe a 64-year-old woman who developed a superficial Trichosporon infection mimicking hand eczema during chemotherapy for her chronic myelocytic leukemia. To our knowledge, no cases of superficial infection like this one have previously been reported. This case suggests that careful examination is required in diagnosing Trichosporon infection in immunocompromised hosts, because the infection can be invasive or unusual in appearance. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2000;42:929-31.)

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 This supplement is made possible through an educational grant from Ortho Dermatological to the American Academy of Dermatology.
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