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 95 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Disseminated cutaneous sporotrichosis.
 

Author(s): Shurong Chang, Andrew M Hersh, Greg Naughton, Kevin Mullins, Maxwell A Fung, Victoria R Sharon

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The dimorphic fungus Sporothrix schenckii commonly causes localized cutaneous disease with lymphocutaneous distribution. However, disseminated sporotrichosis occurs predominantly in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of disseminated cutaneous sporotrichosis in a patient ...

Last Updated: 9 Dec 2013

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[Granulomatous sporotrichosis: report of two unusual cases].
 

Author(s): Max Ramírez-Soto, José Lizárraga-Trujillo

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2013 Oct;30(5):548-53.

 

Sporotrichosis is a subcutaneous mycosis caused by Sporothrix complex, endemic in Abancay, Peru. Is acquired by traumatic inoculation with plant material. Common clinical presentations are lymphatic cutaneous and fixed cutaneous disease. We report 2 cases of fixed cutaneous sporotrichosis ...

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2013

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Urban sporotrichosis and cats.
 

Author(s): Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit

Journal: Cad Saude Publica. 2013 Apr;29(4):832.

 

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2013

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The terms "Sporotrichosis" returned 8 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Feline-transmitted sporotrichosis: A case study from California.
 

Author(s): Rachel K Rees, John E Swartzberg

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We report a case of cat-associated sporotrichosis in an adult female in California. A retrospectively diagnosed cutaneous sporotrichosis infection in the patient's cat and the unusual site of the primary lesion in the patient contributed to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Here, we ...

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2011

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[Sporotrichosis and dematiaceous fungal skin infections].
 

Author(s): Masahiro Kusuhara

Journal: Nihon Ishinkin Gakkai Zasshi. 2009 ;50(4):213-7.

 

Sporotrichosis is a chronic infectious granuloma of skin. The detection of fungal elements in pathological examination and the isolation of Sporothrix schenckii from the lesion are requisite for diagnosis. The sporotrichin test is useful as an auxiliary examination, but a false-negative ...

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2009

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