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August 1979

Cutaneous Phycomycosis: Report of Three Cases With Identification of Rhizopus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(8):990-992. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010080054027

Three cases of pustular and ulcerative cutaneous phycomycosis developed postoperatively in orthopedic patients following exposure to a contaminated surgical adhesive (Elastoplast). A review of the pertinent literature revealed no other similar series of reported cases. The epidemiologic investigation of these cases is discussed. This experience demonstrates that with appropriate exposure, normal saprophytes can invade the skin in immunocompetent patients, producing active and invasive lesions.

(Arch Dermatol 115:990-992, 1979)

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