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Vol. 208, No. 3, 2004
Issue release date: 2004
Section title: Swiss Society Proceedings
Dermatology 2004;208:244–250
(DOI:10.1159/000077311)

First Report of Arthroderma benhamiae in Switzerland

Fumeaux J.a · Mock M.a · Ninet B.b · Jan I.b · Bontems O.a · Léchenne B.a · Lew D.b · Panizzon R.a · Jousson O.a · Monod M.a
aService de Dermatologie (DHURDV), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, et bDivision des maladies infectieuses, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire, Genève, Suisse

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Abstract of Swiss Society Proceedings

Received: 11/13/2003
Published online: 4/30/2004
Issue release date: 2004

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DRM

Abstract

Background: Dermatophytes are usually identified on the basis of macroscopic characteristics and microscopic examination of the cultures. Identification of dermatophytes often remains difficult or uncertain because there are variations from one isolate to another and overlapping characteristics between species. Objective: To identify dermatophyte species producing numerous microconidia and resembling Trichophyton mentagrophytes by DNA sequence analysis. Methods: The complete ITS1 + 5.6s + ITS2 rDNA region of various dermatophytes isolated in culture was amplified by PCR and sequenced. Results: Nine isolates of a fast-growing dermatophyte species were identified as Arthroderma benhamiae by DNA sequencing. Retrospective investigations revealed that the isolates were from 8 children and 1 adult suffering from inflammatory dermatophytosis. Eight of the 9 patients had had previous contact with rodents, mostly guinea pigs. Conclusion: It is the first time that A. benhamiae is reported in Switzerland. In cases of dermatophytosis attributed to A. benhamiae, a rodent is the most likely cause of infection.

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Author Contacts

Dr. Michel Monod
Service de Dermatologie, Laboratoire de Mycologie
BT422, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
CH–1011 Lausanne (Switzerland)
Tel. +41 21 314 0376, Fax +41 21 314 0378, E-Mail Michel.Monod@chuv.hospvd.ch

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 4, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 36

  

Publication Details

Dermatology (International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology)
Founded as ‘Dermatologische Zeitschrift’ by Oskar Lassar (1893–1907); Continued by Erich Hoffmann (1908–1938), continued as ‘Dermatologica’ (1939–1991), by Wilhelm Lutz (1939–1958), Rudolf Schuppli (1959–1985)
Official Organ of the Swiss Society for Dermatology and Venereology; Official Organ of the Belgian Royal Society for Dermatology and Venereology

Vol. 208, No. 3, Year 2004 (Cover Date: 2004)

Journal Editor: J.-H. Saurat, Geneva.
ISSN: 1018–8665 (print), 1421–9832 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/drm


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Swiss Society Proceedings

Received: 11/13/2003
Published online: 4/30/2004
Issue release date: 2004

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DRM


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