Sporotrichosis

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Sporotrichosis

Sporotrichosis is an infection caused by the fungus Sporothrix schenckii. The fungus is present around the world in soil, plants, and decaying vegetation and can enter the skin through small cuts or punctures from thorns, barbs, pine needles, or inhalation which can cause pulmonary infection. Skin infection is the most common form of infection and usually occurs after handling contaminated plant material. Sporotrichosis cannot be spread from person to person. Symptoms include a small painless bump resembling an insect bite, which can appear any time from 1 to 12 weeks after exposure to the fungus. The nodule can be red, pink, or purple in color, usually appearing on the finger, hand, or arm where the fungus entered the skin. Later on, the bump will become larger in size and look like an open sore or ulcer that is very slow to heal. Additional bumps may appear near the original nodule. While most infections involve only the skin, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the bones, joints, and the central nervous system.

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The terms "Sporotrichosis" returned 125 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

An Outbreak of Lymphocutaneous Sporotrichosis among Mine-Workers in South Africa.
 

Author(s): Nelesh P Govender, Tsidiso G Maphanga, Thokozile G Zulu, Jaymati Patel, Sibongile Walaza, Charlene Jacobs, Joy I Ebonwu, Sindile Ntuli, Serisha D Naicker, Juno Thomas

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The largest outbreak of sporotrichosis occurred between 1938 and 1947 in the gold mines of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Here, we describe an outbreak of lymphocutaneous sporotrichosis that was investigated in a South African gold mine in 2011.

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2015

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Hypersensitivity reaction to Sporothrix schenckii: erythema nodosum associated with sporotrichosis.
 

Author(s): Francine Papaiordanou, Bruno Rebelo Lages da Silveira, Luna Azulay Abulafia

Journal: Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop.. ;48(4):504.

 

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2015

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Sporotrichosis in an unusual location--Case report.
 

Author(s): Brisa Dondoni Reis, Fernanda Oliveira Cobucci, Luciana Helena Zacaron, Antonio Macedo D'Acri, Ricardo Barbosa Lima, Carlos José Martins

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;90(3 Suppl 1):84-7.

 

Sporotrichosis is the most common subcutaneous mycosis. It is caused by the dimorphic fungus Sporothrix schenckii, and the infection is usually acquired by traumatic inoculation. We describe a case of sporotrichosis in an uncommon location with an unusual mode of transmission. A 49-year-old ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2015

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The terms "Sporotrichosis" returned 10 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Sporotrichosis: The Story of an Endemic Region in Peru over 28 Years (1985 to 2012).
 

Author(s): Max Carlos Ramírez Soto

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Abancay province is a long-standing geographical focus of sporotrichosis in the south central highlands of Peru. Therefore, we examined the features of 36 newly identified cases of sporotrichosis from two hospital centers in Abancay province. We also performed a literature review ...

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2015

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Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in HIV and sporotrichosis coinfection: report of two cases and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Marcelo Rosandiski Lyra, Maria Letícia Fernandes Oliveira Nascimento, Andréa Gina Varon, Maria Inês Fernandes Pimentel, Liliane de Fátima Antonio, Maurício Naoto Saheki, Sandro Javier Bedoya-Pacheco, Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle

Journal: Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop.. ;47(6):806-9.

 

We report 2 cases of patients with immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) associated with cutaneous disseminated sporotrichosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection. The patients received specific treatment for sporotrichosis. However, after 4 and 5 weeks ...

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2015

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Sporothrix schenckii and Sporotrichosis.
 

Author(s): Mônica Bastos de Lima Barros, Rodrigo de Almeida Paes, Armando Oliveira Schubach

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2011 Oct;24(4):633-54.

 

Sporotrichosis, which is caused by the dimorphic fungus Sporothrix schenckii, is currently distributed throughout the world, especially in tropical and subtropical zones. Infection generally occurs by traumatic inoculation of soil, plants, and organic matter contaminated with the ...

Last Updated: 6 Oct 2011

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