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Int J Trichology. 2013 Jan;5(1):12-6. doi: 10.4103/0974-7753.114704.

Trichomycosis (trichobacteriosis): clinical and microbiological experience with 56 cases.

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Department of Mycology, Hospital General de México, O.D, Mexico City, Mexico ; Dermatology Service, Hospital General de México, O.D, Mexico City, Mexico.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trichomycosis is asymptomatic bacterial infection of the axillary hairs caused by Corynebacterium sp.

OBJECTIVE:

to bring a series of cases of trichomycosis, its clinical and microbiological experience.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This report consists in a linear and observational retrospective study of 15 years of cases of trichomycosis confirmed clinically and microbiologically.

RESULTS:

Fifty six confirmed cases of trichomycosis were included in this report. The majority were men 53/56 (94.6%), mean age was 32.5 years. The most commonly affected area was the axilla (92%), trichomycosis flava was the principal variant 55/56 (98.2%) and signs and symptoms associated were hyperhidrosis (87.5%), hairs' texture change (57.1%) and odor (35.7%). Bacterial concretions were observed in all cases, and the predominant causative agent in 89.3% of all cases was Corynebacterium sp. Thirty patients were included in therapeutic portion of the study, and 28 (93.3%) of them experienced a clinical and microbiological cure.

CONCLUSION:

Trichomycosis is asymptomatic, superficial infection, which primarily affects axillary hairs.

KEYWORDS:

Corynebacterium flavescens; Corynebacterium sp.; Corynebacterium tenuis; trichobacteriosis; trichomycosis

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