, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 117–126 | Cite as

A survey of dermatophytes from human patients in the United States from 1985 to 1987

  • James T. Sinski
  • Lee M. Kelley


A survey of dermatophytes isolated from patients seeking medical advice was made from 1985 to 1987 in the United States. The survey included 54 locations with data from 45 cities and one state. Listing of the isolated dermatophytes and the frequency given by percentage of the total follows: Trichophyton rubrum 54.8%, T. tonsurans 31.3%, T. mentagrophytes 6.0%, Microsporum canis 4.0%, Epidermophyton floccosum 2.0%, M. gypseum 0.6%, and T. verrucosum 0.2%. Out of a total of 14,696 isolates M. audouinii was cultured 13 times, T. violaceum 12 times, M. nanum 6 times, T. terrestre 4 times, and T. soudanense twice. Single isolations were made of M.fulvum, M. ferrugineum and T. schoenleinii.

Collection of dermatophyte data in Tucson, Arizona, began in 1966. In 1987, the first case of tinea capitis caused by T. tonsurans was observed. Other isolates of this organism as the cause of tinea capitis were made in this city during that year. These infections were in black children. With the recent growth of Tucson, the percentage of blacks in the population increased and this pathogen was introduced into the general population.

Key words

dermatophytes survey United States humans 1985/87 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • James T. Sinski
    • 1
  • Lee M. Kelley
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of MedicineThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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