Primary Cutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis Caused by Drechslera spicifera

Stephen A. Estes, William G. Merz, Lynne G. Maxwell

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A primary cutaneous lesion in a 5-year-old boy who had recently received chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia was found to be caused by a dematiaceous fungus, Drechslera spicifera. The lesion was an erythematous macule that rapidly developed necrotic ulcerations. The fungus, which is commonly found in soil and as a plant pathogen, was isolated from cultures of the lesion and from an excisional biopsy specimen. Hyphae and swollen hyphal cells resembling chlamydospores were observed in the biopsy specimen. Septate pigmented hyphae were found in the tissue, which is consistent with phaeohyphomycosis. Resolution of the infection occurred following excisional biopsy and systemic amphotericin B therapy. There was a concomitant recovery from neutropenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-815
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume113
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1977

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Phaeohyphomycosis
Hyphae
Biopsy
Fungi
Amphotericin B
Neutropenia
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Soil
Drug Therapy
Skin
Infection
Therapeutics

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Primary Cutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis Caused by Drechslera spicifera. / Estes, Stephen A.; Merz, William G.; Maxwell, Lynne G.

In: Archives of Dermatology, Vol. 113, No. 6, 1977, p. 813-815.

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Estes, Stephen A. ; Merz, William G. ; Maxwell, Lynne G. / Primary Cutaneous Phaeohyphomycosis Caused by Drechslera spicifera. In: Archives of Dermatology. 1977 ; Vol. 113, No. 6. pp. 813-815.
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