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September 1984

Transepithelial Elimination in Chromomycosis

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Keio University School of Medicine Shiniuku. Tokyo 160 Japan

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1138. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450020004

To the Editor.—  The recent report by Goette and Robertson1 on transepithelial elimination (TE) in chromomycosis stressed the more common occurrence of this phenomenon than the scarcity of literature indicates. In Japan, TE in chromomycosis was first described by Sato et al2 in 1978. Then, two reports followed, including our own.3,4 Our interpretation of TE is exactly the same as the interpretation of Goette and Robertson and it certainly gives a good explanation of the presence of the sclerotic cells in potassium hydroxide preparation.