Abstract

Paracoccidioidomycosis (South American blastomycosis, paracoccidioidal granuloma, Lutz’s mycosis) is a systemic, granulomatous, and suppurative mycosis with endemic areas known to be the humid subtropical regions of Latin America. The infection is probably acquired by inhalation of the spores of its etiologic agent, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, in its filamentous phase. Asymptomatic infection is frequent in the endemic areas. There is an increase in prevalence up to the age of 30 years, and there is no difference between sexes (Albornoz, 1982; Londero, 1984). Symptomatic manifestations are rare in childhood and are more frequent between 30 and 60 years, predominantly in men; the ratio of men to women is 15:1 (Del Negro et al., 1982; Lacaz et al., 1984). Rural populations have higher exposure to this mycosis than city inhabitants. Paracoccidioidomycosis has not been definitely confirmed in lower animals.

Keywords

Depression Agar Leukemia Tuberculosis Borate 

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