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[Chromomycosis in Guadeloupe]

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Chromomycosis is a widespread subcutaneous fungal infection seen essentially in tropical and subtropical regions and transmitted via skin injury caused by the prickles of plants or infected wood splinters. It is prevalent throughout the West Indies including Guadeloupe, where its incidence is not well known. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective and descriptive study concerns five histologically established cases of chromomycosis in Guadeloupe between 1995 and 2005. The five patients were diagnosed and treated at Pointe-à-Pitre University Teaching Hospital. RESULTS: The study concerned four male patients and one female patient with an average age of 78 years; four were from the Basse-Terre district and one was from the Grande-Terre district. The most frequent clinical aspect was nodular or verrucous. The most common initial topography was the upper limbs. Fonsecaea pedrosoi was the only species identified. Diagnosis was confirmed by histopathology, which in all cases revealed sclerotic cells. Three patients underwent surgical treatment and two received medical treatment; only two patients were cured by 2005. DISCUSSION: Our study confirms the presence of a source of chromomycosis in Guadeloupe, where Fonsecaea pedrosoi is clearly the best adapted species. It also highlights the difficulties of therapeutic care in tropical areas.
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Julien Levang, P. Muller, A. Marreel, M. Nicolas, E. Puzenat, et al.. [Chromomycosis in Guadeloupe]. Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, Elsevier Masson, 2008, 135 (2), pp.111-5. ⟨10.1016/j.annder.2006.06.001⟩. ⟨inserm-00483502⟩



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