Primary subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis can rarely be caused by Cladophialophora bantiana, and we present the histologic and culture findings of such a case. A 32-year-old African American woman with systemic lupus erythematosus presented with a 2-year history of multiple, recurrent, tender, and ulcerated skin nodules with purulent drainage on her upper back. Histologic sections of the excision demonstrated features of phaeohyphomycosis. Culture findings were characteristic of C bantiana. Of interest, at age 10 she had sustained traumatic implantation of wood splinters into this area during a tornado, yet clinical symptoms of a subcutaneous infection did not manifest until she developed lupus erythematosus at age 27. Our case highlights the role of trauma and immunosuppression in the pathogenesis of subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology