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Superficial mycoses observed at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Pavia

A 13-year survey

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Over a period of 13 years, 4100 specimens were cultured for fungi. Pityriasis versicolor (Malassezia furfur) was demonstrated in 17.6%, dermatophytosis in 34.6% and candidiasis in 10.8%. The most frequently isolated strains were M. canis (31.5%), T. rubrum (26.3%), E. floccosum (19.7%), T. mentagrophytes (19.3%) for the dermatophytes and C. albicans (88.9%). Those rarely seen were: M. gypseum, T. violaceum, M. audouini, T. schoenleinii. We observed the absolutely complementary results of the microscopic examinations and the cultures of the specimens.

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Di Silverio, A., Mosca, M., Gatti, M. et al. Superficial mycoses observed at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Pavia. Mycopathologia 105, 11–17 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00443824

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Key words

  • superficial mycoses
  • dermatophytosis
  • candidiasis