Non-dermatophyte mould onychomycosis: a clinical and epidemiological study at a dermatology referral centre in Bogota, Colombia


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Abstract

SummaryWorldwide prevalence of non-dermatophyte mould onychomycosis has increased in recent years; however, available information on the topic is confusing and oftentimes contradictory, probably due to the small number of reported cases. The aim of this study was to determine and describe the aetiological agents, as well as the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of non-dermatophyte mould onychomycosis in a dermatology referral centre in Bogota, Colombia. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between January 2001 and December 2011 among patients who attend the National Institute of Dermatology with a confirmed diagnosis of onychomycosis by non-dermatophytes moulds. There were 317 confirmed cases of non-dermatophyte mould onychomycosis in 196 women and 121 men whose average age was 43 years. Twenty-seven per cent of them had a history of systemic disease. The habit of walking and showering barefoot was the major infection-related factor. Distal and lateral subungual presentation was the most common pattern of clinical presentation. The most frequent non-dermatophyte mould was Neoscytalidium dimidiatum followed by Fusarium spp. No relationship was observed with predisposing factors previously reported in the literature. Clinical features found in this population are indistinguishable from onychomycosis caused by dermatophytes. High prevalence of N. dimidiatum found here was in contrast to a large number of studies where other types of moulds predominate.

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