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Onychomycosis and keratomycosis caused by Alternaria sp. A bipolar opportunistic infection in a wood-pulp worker on chronic steroid therapy.

Authors
  • Arrese, J E
  • Piérard-Franchimont, C
  • Piérard, G E
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Dermatopathology
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1996
Volume
18
Issue
6
Pages
611–613
Identifiers
PMID: 8989935
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

We report a case of Alternaria infection of the nail and cornea in an immunocompromised patient working in the paper-manufacturing industry. This unusual clinical presentation could represent an occupational disorder. The importance of histologic examination of the altered nails is emphasized. The proof of a real nondermatophytic onychomycosis is established only when hyphae of culture-proven molds are shown inside the nail plate.

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