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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 308-309

Fusarium solani : A causative agent of skin and nail infections


Department of Microbiology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Thomas S Kuruvilla
Department of Microbiology, Father Muller Medical College, Kankanady, Mangalore-575 002, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.97680

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Fusarium spp are non-dermatophytic hyaline moulds found as saprophytes and plant pathogens. Human infections are probably a result of various precipitating predisposing factors of impaired immune status. Immunocompetent individuals of late are also vulnerable to various unassuming saprophytic and plant pathogens. To stress the need to identify correctly and institute appropriate antifungal therapy in newly emerging human fungal infectious agents. Repeated mycological sampling of the skin and nails of the suspected fungal infection were processed as per the standard format including direct microscopy and fungal culture on Sabouraud's dextrose agar. The fungus was isolated as Fusarium solani. Fusarium is an important plant pathogen and soil saprophyte. Infection is acquired by direct inoculation or inhalation of spores. It is associated with a variety of diseases like keratitis, onychomycosis, eumycetoma, skin lesions and disseminated diseases.


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