Chromomycosis

Common Name(s)

Chromomycosis, Cladosporiosis, Fonseca’s disease, Pedroso’s disease, Chrombolastomycosis

Chromomycosis (chrombolastomycosis, cladosporiosis, Fonseca’s disease, Pedroso’s disease) is a long term skin infection caused by fungi from the Dematiaceae family characterized as being dark brown or black. It is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas in certain soil and plant debris such as thorns and splinters. The infection spreads very slowly, usually from the feet upwards, and often goes unnoticed for a time. When symptoms do appear, there are usually small red painless lumps present on the skin. The infection is usually localized in one area, often the lower exposed legs, but if it spreads to other areas such as blood or lymph vessels, it may cause certain complications including additional bacterial infections and lymph problems. Although chromomycosis is known to be very difficult to cure, the infection is rarely fatal and people are eventually cured through anti-fungal medication. Small lesions can be removed only if necessary. Talk with your doctor if you or a family member has been diagnosed with crhomomycosis to find out about the latest treatment options.

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The terms "Chromomycosis" returned 12 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Unique case report of a chromomycosis and Listeria in soft tissue and cerebellar abscesses after kidney transplantation.
 

Author(s): J Tourret, N Benabdellah, S Drouin, F Charlotte, J Rottembourg, N Arzouk, A Fekkar, B Barrou

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Chromomycosis is a rare mycotic infection encountered in tropical and subtropical regions. The disease presents as a slowly-evolving nodule that can become infected with bacteria. Here, we describe a unique association of abscesses caused by a chromomycosis and Listeria monocytogenes ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Chromomycosis, an unusual cause of cicatricial ectropion: a case report.
 

Author(s): José Eduardo Simarro Rios, Carolina Bonfim de Paiva, Gabriela Moura de Paula, Wanderley Ribeiro Borges Figueiredo, Julio César Daher Arantes, Fábio Marques de Almeida, Roberto Murilo Limongi

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. ;80(1):46-48.

 

Chromomycosis is a fungal infection that affects the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue and is caused by dematiaceous fungal species that turn black on staining. We report the case of a 50-year-old male patient who was a rural worker and had been treated without success for ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Two Cases of Chromomycosis Identified by Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis.
 

Author(s): Takayo Mitomo, Yukiko Ushigome, Tomoo Fukuda, Yoko Kano, Tetsuo Shiohara

Journal: Med Mycol J. 2016 ;57(4):J133-J139.

 

Chromomycosis is an infection caused by dematiaceous fungi. These fungi belong to several genera with varied clinical presentations and parasitic forms. The disease is roughly classified into three types: chromoblastomycosis, black-grain mycetoma, and phaeohyphomycosis. While there ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Chromomycosis" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[A case of chromomycosis caused by Fonsecaea pedrosoi presenting as a small plaque on the left upper arm: a review of reported cases of dematiaceous fungal infection in Japan].
 

Author(s): Yuko Kikuchi, Maho Kondo, Hitoshi Yaguchi, Masataro Hiruma, Shigaku Ikeda

Journal: Nihon Ishinkin Gakkai Zasshi. 2007 ;48(2):85-9.

 

We report a case of a 67-year-old woman with chromomycosis on the left upper arm. The plaque was a very small, erythematous and scaly lesion with a diameter of 1.5 cm. Fonsecaea pedrosoi was isolated as the causal fungus, and a number of Phialophora type conidia, the formation of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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