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J Family Community Med. 2013 May;20(2):136-8. doi: 10.4103/2230-8229.114775.

Mycetoma foot.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Padm Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, India.


Mycetoma is an uncommon chronic granulomatous infective disease of the skin, dermis and subcutaneous tissues predominantly seen in tropical countries. A patient presented to our hospital with the swelling of the left foot with a healed sinus and a painful nodule. He gave a history of sinuses in the left foot from which there was discharge of yellow granules. Culture of the ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration cytology of the nodule revealed growths of Nocardia species. The patient was treated with a multi-drug therapy along with debridement of the painful nodule. He experienced symptomatic relief and a regression of the swelling within the three months of follow-up so far. Due to the relatively slow progression of the disease, patients are diagnosed at a late stage. Hence, emphasis should be placed on health education and the importance of wearing footwear.


Actinomycetoma; Madura foot; grains

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