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February 1969

Ecology of Candida Albicans in Candidiasis of the Groin

Author Affiliations

Fort Benning Ga

From the Dermatology Service, Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga. Dr. Lynch is now at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Dr. Smith is at Baylor University.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(2):154-160. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610200026005

In a study of young, healthy soldiers it was found that those with cutaneous candidiasis of the groin were five times more likely to have Candida albicans in the rectum than were those in a matched control group. This finding is presented as evidence that the gastrointestinal tract is the source of organisms in candidiasis of the groin. It was also shown that increasing age and weight, a family history of diabetes mellitus, and the use of systemic corticosteroids were more common in those with cutaneous candidiasis of the groin.

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