, Volume 147, Issue 1, pp 29–32 | Cite as

Onychomycosis in Malaysia

  • K.P. Ng
  • T.L. Saw
  • M. Madasamy
  • T.S. Soo Hoo


The common etiological agents of onychomycosis are dermatophytes, molds and yeasts. A mycological nail investigation of onychomycosis using direct microscopy and culture was conducted by the Mycology Unit, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Malaya from March 1996 to November 1998. The study involved 878 nail clippings or subungal scrapings from subjects with onychomycosis. On direct microcopy examination, 50% of the specimens were negative for fungal elements. On culture, 373 specimens had no growth; bacteria were isolated from 15 nail specimens. Among the 490 specimens with positive fungal cultures, 177 (36.1%) were dermatophytes, 173 (35.5%) were molds and 130 (26.5%) were Candida. There were 2% (10/490) mixed infections of molds, yeasts and dermatophytes. Trichophyton rubrum (115/177) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (59/177) were the main dermatophytes isolated. The molds isolated were predominantly Aspergillus niger (61/173), Aspergillus nidulans (30/173), Hendersonula toruloidea (26/173) and Fusarium species (16/173). 96.9% of the Candida species identified were Candida albicans.

Onychomycosis dermatophytes molds yeasts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K.P. Ng
    • 1
  • T.L. Saw
    • 1
  • M. Madasamy
    • 1
  • T.S. Soo Hoo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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