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Cutaneous infection with alternaria triticina in a bilateral lung transplant recipient

Abstract: We report the case of a 60-year-old man who was receiving immunosuppressive therapy for a bilateral lung transplant and presented with a crusted, violaceous plaque on the left hand. Based on histopathology and microbiological culture the patient was diagnosed with infection by Alternaria species. Treatment with itraconazole led to complete resolution of the skin lesion. Forty months later he developed four reddish, nodular, skin lesions on the left leg. Analysis of a biopsy from one of these lesions using histopathologic and molecular techniques identified a mold that shared 98% homology with a strain of Alternaria triticina. Alternaria species belong to a group of dematiaceous fungi that cause opportunistic infections in humans. The incidence of these infections is increasing, mainly in transplant centers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a human infection caused by A. triticina

 Fuente: Actas Dermo-Sifiliograficas, 2014, 105(8), e51-e54

Editorial: Elsevier

 Año de publicación: 2014

Nº de páginas: 4

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.ad.2013.11.003

ISSN: 0001-7310,1578-2190

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ad.2013.11.003

Autoría

SUSANA ARMESTO ALONSO

UNDA-VILLAFUERTE, F.

JOSE FERNANDO VAL BERNAL