Korean J Med Mycol.  2012 Sep;17(3):183-188.

Two Cases of Cutaneous Infection by Alternaria alternata on Senile Purpura Site

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Daegu, Korea. g9563009@cu.ac.kr
  • 2Catholic Skin Clinic, Korea.
  • 3Institute of Medical Mycology, Catholic Skin Clinic, Korea.

Abstract

Genus Alternaria is a species of dematiaceous fungi that is commonly found in the atmosphere or in the soil. It can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, bronchial asthma, or allergic rhinitis in immunocompromised host such as patient with organ transplantation or long-term steroid using patient. It can rarely cause skin infection. Case 1 was a 74-year-old man with well demarcated and elevated erythematous plaque with irregular scattered pustules on his right forearm. Case 2 was a 77-year-old woman with well demarcated elevated erythematous nodules within erythematous patch on her right forearm. In both cases, the lesions started at the senile purpura site. Herein, we report 2 rare cases of Alternaria alternata on senile purpura site to share the experience.

Keyword

Alternaria alternata; Alternariosis; Deep mycoses

MeSH Terms

Aged
Alternaria
Alternariosis
Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic
Asthma
Atmosphere
Female
Forearm
Fungi
Humans
Immunocompromised Host
Organ Transplantation
Purpura
Rhinitis
Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial
Skin
Soil
Transplants
Soil
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