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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2000 October;135(5):629-33

language: Italian

Cutaneous mucormycosis. Description of a case

Vaccari G., Difonzo E. *, Vezzani F. **

Università degli Studi - Firenze * Istituto di Clinica Dermosifilopatica I (Direttore: Prof. B. Giannotti)
Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova di Reggio Emilia Divisione di Dermatologia (Primario: Dott. G. Bisighini)
** Divisione di Malattie infettive (Primario: Dott. L. Bonazzi)


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A case of a 53-year old man with diabetes mellitus affected by primary cutaneous mucormycosis is reported. The diagnosis was made with cytologic examination of a pustular lesion showing dark, nonseptate, broad, branching hyphae while cultures of cutaneous biopsy fragments on Saboraud glucose agar in the presence of chloramphenicol and a cutaneous biopsy were negative. This criterion was sufficient to make the diagnosis. In fact, as reported by the American and European literature, the various laboratory methods for the diagnosis of zygomycosis should be considered not as complementary, but as alternative techniques.

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