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Cutaneous protothecosis: report of the second Brazilian case

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Author(s): FOLLADOR Ivonise | BITTENCOURT Achiléa | DURAN Fernanda | ARAÚJO Maria das Graças

Journal: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
ISSN 0036-4665

Volume: 43;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 287;
Date: 2001;
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Keywords: Prototheca wickerhamii | Cutaneous protothecosis | Subcutaneous mycosis | Fluconazole

ABSTRACT
The present report describes a case of cutaneous protothecosis caused by Prototheca wickerhamii in a non-immunocompromised female from the state of Bahia, Brazil. This is the second case described in Brazil. Dermatological examination revealed diffusely infiltrated erythematous plaques on the flexor aspect of the right arm and forearm. The authors emphasize the pathological aspects that can lead to misdiagnosis this condition. The patient was successfully treated with fluconazole.

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