Korean J Med Mycol.  2005 Sep;10(3):77-82.

Infections Caused by Dematiaceous Fungi

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Gyeongju, Korea. mksuhmd@hanmail.net

Abstract

The dematiaceous fungi, characterized by having melanin in their cell walls, have become significant due to an increasing cause of human skin disease in Korea. The disease caused by dematiaceous fungi contain pityriasis (tinea) nigra, onychomycosis (in part), black piedra, keratomycosis (in part), chromoblastomycosis, phaeohyphomycosis, and eumycotic mycetoma (in part). Chromoblastomycosis is subcutaneous mycotic disease that contain sclerotic cells and histologically show pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia with microabscess, and phaeohyphomycosis is a group of mycotic infections that contain dematiaceous yeast-like cells, pseudohypae-like elements, hyphae or combination of these form in tissue.

Keyword

Chromoblastomycosis; Phaeohyphomycosis; Dematiaceous fungi

MeSH Terms

Cell Wall
Chromoblastomycosis
Fungi*
Humans
Hyperplasia
Hyphae
Korea
Melanins
Mycetoma
Onychomycosis
Phaeohyphomycosis
Piedra
Pityriasis
Skin Diseases
Melanins
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