A Twenty Two Year Survey of Mycotic Infections in Peshawar Region

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A Twenty Two Year Survey of Mycotic Infections in Peshawar Region

Taj B Uppal* and Raza Muhammad Khan**
* 22, Chinar Road, University Town, Peshawar.
** Department of Dermatology, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar.
Clinically suspected cases of Dermomycoses, deep tissue mycoses and pulmonary mycoses, totalling 2,037, were examined
and subjected to mycological studies over a period of twenty two years. On direct examination, fungal elements were found
in 1,173 specimens, including 114 of Malassezia furfur and one of Pityrosporum. After culture, growth was obtained in 489
specimens, some slide negative specimens were also positive in culture. The commonest clinical type was Tinea capitis, and
Trichophyton violaceum was the most common organism isolated amongst the species isolated. Amongst the Microsporum
species, Micro. ferrugineum was the most common species isolated, and the main clinical disease caused by it was Tinea
capitis. Cases of Chromoblastomycosis were also found.


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