Korean J Med Mycol.  1998 Jun;3(1):58-62.

A Case of Subcutaneous Infection with Trichosporon cutaneum in a Kidney Transplanted Patient

  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.


Tricosporon(T.) cutaneum is a member of the subfamily Trichosporideae in the family of Cryptococcaceae. It is now regarded as the same species as Trichosporon beigelii. It is widely distributed in soil, and is sometimes a part of the normal flora of the human skin, nail and mouth. It also may rarely colonize the throat and lower gastointestinal tract in hospitalized patients. T. cutaneum may cause white piedra in immunologically normal patients, a disease characterized by surface hard nodules along the hair shaft, however, skin infection by this organism is rare, T. cutaneum is referred to by Emmons as the agent of subcutaneous and systemic fungal infection. We report a case of subcutaneous infection with T. cutaneum in a kidney transplanted patient.


Kidney transplantation; Trichosporon cutaneum
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