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chromoblastomycosis

Monday 9 July 2012

cutaneous chromoblastomycosis

Digital case

- JRC:457 : Chromoblastomycosis

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- 78M, elbow, r/o sk. Splinter w/ hitchhiking

Definition: Chromoblastomycosis is a long-term fungal infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (a chronic subcutaneous mycosis).

The infection occurs most commonly in tropical or subtropical climates, often in rural areas.

It can be caused by many different type of fungi which become implanted under the skin, often by thorns or splinters.

Chromoblastomycosis spreads very slowly; it is rarely fatal and usually has a good prognosis, but it can be very difficult to cure.

There are several treatment options, including medication and surgery.