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July 1959

Generalized Rhinosporidiosis with Visceral Involvement: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Path., Jabalpur, India; Path., Nagpur, India; Kasauli, India

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(1):22-26. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560190024003

Rhinosporidiosis, a chronic granulomatous infection due to Rhinosporidium seeberi, is reported to be endemic to India. It frequently involves the nasal passages, and infection at other sites, like ocular tissues, lip, urethra, larynx, rectum, and skin, although rare, has been reported. Generalized involvement of the skin is extremely uncommon. In such cases the spread of infection is thought to be due to autoinfection, caused by scratching the skin by fingers contaminated from the primary site. In a review of the available literature, we could come across only one case of generalized rhinosporidiosis due to hematogenous dissemination, producing visceral involvement.8 We are reporting the second case of this nature because of its extreme rarity. Besides the generalized involvement of the skin, this case showed involvement of tongue, larynx, epiglottis, ocular tissues, liver, lungs, kidney, and spleen.

Report of Case

A Hindu man, aged 30

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