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January 1983

Auricular Chromomycosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Chiba (Japan) University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650250092024

Chromomycosis, a relatively uncommon infection caused by a variety of dematiaceous fungi, eg, Phialophora verrucosa, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Fonsecaea compacta, Cladosporium carrionii, Rhinocladiella aquaspersa, and Cladophialophora ajelloi, reflects a spectrum of disease ranging from an usually localized cutaneous form to rare visceral involvement. The cutaneous form has been reported to involve almost any site on the body surface. However, the lesions are usually confined to the extremities, face, or buttocks; other parts of the body are rarely affected.1 We report a case of chromomycosis that involved the auricle.

Report of a Case  A 71-year-old man consulted us in May 1979, for an asymptomatic crusted plaque of three months' duration on the right auricle. There was no history of recent injury to the affected site, but he had often noted exacerbations of perniosis at the site after cold exposure during the previous winter. Examination of the skin disclosed a scaly, crusted,

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