Mycopathologia

, Volume 172, Issue 3, pp 207–213

Uncommon Fungi Isolated from Diabetic Patients Toenails With or Without Visible Onychomycoses

  • Marisela González-Avila
  • Juan Vicente Gómez-Gómez
  • Alejandra Paula Espinosa Texis
  • José Luis Imbert-Palafox
  • Marco Antonio Becerril-Flores
  • José Luis Blasco
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11046-011-9417-7

Cite this article as:
González-Avila, M., Gómez-Gómez, J.V., Espinosa Texis, A.P. et al. Mycopathologia (2011) 172: 207. doi:10.1007/s11046-011-9417-7

Abstract

Kodamaea ohmeri and Prototheca wickerhamii are rare pathogens for humans, and even more rare as cause of onychomycosis. This work reports the second case of onychomycosis by K. ohmeri and the fourth of onycoprotothecosis; it was made in public health institutions in the Hidalgo State, Mexico, studying 261 diabetic patients during 2005 and 2006. Kodamaea ohmeri was isolated from toenails of a 51-year-old female patient, and P. wickerhamii from three female patients of 48, 49, and 61 years old, respectively, all of them with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM 2). Identifications were done by standard microbiological methods and a commercial system. Only one patient infected with P. wickerhamii showed mixed infection with dermatophytes. Out of the total studied DM 2 patients, 1.15% presented onycoprotothecosis and 0.38% onychomycosis by K. ohmeri, high percentages if it is considered that few cases have been reported of K. ohmeri and P. wickerhamii as onychomycosis causal agents.

Keywords

Prototheca wickerhamiiKodamaea ohmeriOnychomycosesDiabetic patientYeast-like

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisela González-Avila
    • 1
    • 4
  • Juan Vicente Gómez-Gómez
    • 2
  • Alejandra Paula Espinosa Texis
    • 3
  • José Luis Imbert-Palafox
    • 2
  • Marco Antonio Becerril-Flores
    • 2
  • José Luis Blasco
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology AreaUniversidad Politécnica de PachucaHidalgoMexico
  2. 2.Área Académica de Medicina, Instituto de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de HidalgoHidalgoMexico
  3. 3.Centro de Investigaciones Microbiológicas, Instituto de CienciasBenemérita Universidad Autónoma de PueblaPueblaMexico
  4. 4.Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño de Jalisco A. C.JaliscoMexico