† Bipolaris spicifera is a dematiaceous fungus that has rarely been reported to cause cutaneous infection in humans. A patient with leukemia was examined for a nonhealing ulcer on her leg that developed following minor trauma. Histopathologic study revealed groups of nonpigmented, septate fungal hyphae located predominantly in the necrotic ulcer base. Cultures of a biopsy specimen yielded colonies that were gray to black with a black reverse. Microscopic examination revealed dematiaceous, straight, oblong conidia consistent with B spicifera. The ulcer was successfully treated with surgical excision, skin graft, and amphotericin B.
(Arch Dermatol. 1989;125:1383-1386)
Straka BF, Cooper PH, Body BA. Cutaneous Bipolaris spicifera Infection. Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(10):1383-1386. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670220079013