Spectrum of dermatophyte infections in Botswana
Authors Thakur R
Received 27 November 2014
Accepted for publication 5 January 2015
Published 5 March 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 127—133
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single anonymous peer review
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg
Department of Microbiology, Muzzaffarnagar Medical College, Uttar Pradesh, India
Background: Dermatophyte infections are a common cause of superficial fungal infection in different geographical locations of the world. Usually, it involves superficial invasion of keratinized tissue, eg, skin, nails, and hair, but in immunosuppressed individuals, it may cause atypical, extensive and deep lesions, which may pose serious diagnostic and therapeutic challenges.
Aim: To find out the causative dermatophyte species responsible for the various clinical types of dermatophyte infection.
Results: Trichophyton violaceum was found to be the predominant species, being the causative organism responsible for all the clinical types.
Conclusion: T. violaceum was found to be the most common species responsible for most of the clinical forms of dermatophytosis (96; 80%). Tinea unguium was found to be the most frequent clinical type of dermatophytosis (33; 27.50%).
Keywords: Trichophyton violaceum, Trichophyton interdigitale, Trichophyton tonsurans, Trichophyton ferrugineum, tinea unguium, tinea corporis
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