, Volume 184, Issue 1, pp 193–194 | Cite as

Oral Biopsy for Early Diagnosis of Paracoccidioidomycosis

  • Maria Rosa Felix de Souza Gomide Guimarães
  • Luciano Tavares Angelo Cintra
  • Rui Rafael Durlacher
  • Francine Benetti
  • Gustav GuimarãesEmail author
Mycopathologia IMAGES
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is caused by thermodimorphic fungi, which currently comprise two species endemic in Latin American countries: Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and Paracoccidioides lutzii. The latter occurs in the central and northern regions of Brazil. The differentiation of species is only possible with molecular methods currently available in research centers, but the region of the country can be indicative of a species. Both species of Paracoccidioidesdetected so far are causative agents of PCM. Oral manifestations of PCM are strongly related to gingival involvement. The patient was a 44-year-old man, smoker, diagnosed with leukoderma, rural worker in Teixerópolis, a municipality located at the central region of the state of Rondônia. During anamnesis, he said, “my gum is burning, and that started after I changed my prosthesis. It hurts when I swallow food.” At the general clinical examination, he reported that he had lost 5 kg without knowing the reason; his lips were...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro São LucasSchool of DentistryPorto VelhoBrazil
  2. 2.School of DentistrySão Paulo State University (Unesp)AraçatubaBrazil

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