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September 1960

MaduromycosisAn Unusual Case with a Description of the Causative Fungus

Author Affiliations

New York; San Juan, P.R.

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. (Dr. Carrión and Dr. Silva Hutner), and the San Patricio VA Hospital, San Juan, P.R. (Dr. Carrión, Dr. Nadal, and Miss Belaval).

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(3):371-384. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580030065009
Abstract

During the early years of medical mycology comparatively little importance was given to the dark fungi of the family Dematiaceae. These were frequently discarded as laboratory contaminants. However, recent developments in the field of fungus diseases have revealed an increasing number of mycoses produced by species of that family. In some of these mycoses, the infection lies in the epidermis, producing comparatively little damage. In others the parasite penetrates deeper into the skin and subcutaneous structures, inducing a more destructive pathologic process. Finally, there are still others in which the invasion of an internal organ may lead to serious clinical complications and even to death. There is no doubt that the dark-colored fungi have come to the foreground as an outstanding pathogenic group. The present study deals with an infection where the causative agent was one of the rare species of that group.

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