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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Trichomycosis (trichobacteriosis): Clinical and microbiological experience with 56 cases


1 Department of Mycology; Dermatology Service, Hospital General de México, O.D, Mexico City, Mexico
2 Dermatology Service, Hospital General de México, O.D, Mexico City, Mexico
3 Department of Mycology, Hospital General de México, O.D, Mexico City, Mexico

Correspondence Address:
Alexandro Bonifaz
Sánchez Azcona 317 Int 202, Col Del Valle, México D. F.
Mexico
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.114704

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Background: Trichomycosis is asymptomatic bacterial infection of the axillary hairs caused by Corynebacterium sp. Objective: to bring a series of cases of trichomycosis, its clinical and microbiological experience. Materials and Methods: This report consists in a linear and observational retrospective study of 15 years of cases of trichomycosis confirmed clinically and microbiologically. Results: Fifty six confirmed cases of trichomycosis were included in this report. The majority were men 53/56 (94.6%), mean age was 32.5 years. The most commonly affected area was the axilla (92%), trichomycosis flava was the principal variant 55/56 (98.2%) and signs and symptoms associated were hyperhidrosis (87.5%), hairs' texture change (57.1%) and odor (35.7%). Bacterial concretions were observed in all cases, and the predominant causative agent in 89.3% of all cases was Corynebacterium sp. Thirty patients were included in therapeutic portion of the study, and 28 (93.3%) of them experienced a clinical and microbiological cure. Conclusion: Trichomycosis is asymptomatic, superficial infection, which primarily affects axillary hairs.


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