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Med Mycol Case Rep. 2012 Aug 28;1(1):66-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mmcr.2012.08.003. eCollection 2012.

Cases of Tinea capitis due to pale isolates of Trichophyton violaceum (Trichophyton glabrum) in South-East Europe. A challenge to the clinical laboratory.

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1
Pediatric Dermatology Department, Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece.
2
Microbiology Laboratory, Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece.
3
First Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens, Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece.
4
First Department of Dermatology-Venereology, Medical School, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (Lecturer Elect), Athens, Greece ; Mycology Laboratory (K.A.70/3/6915), Department of Microbiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

Two recent indigenous cases of tinea capitis in children due to pale isolates of Trichophyton violaceum are reported herein for the first time from South-East Europe (Greece). Pale isolates of Trichophyton violaceum, reported in the past as Trichophyton glabrum, are thus far sporadically reported only from African or Asian countries. The cases reported herein raise the awareness of its existence in the community, assigning special importance to its accurate identification in the clinical laboratory.

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South-East Europe; Tinea capitis; Trichophyton glabrum; Trichophyton violaceum

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