Onychomycosis in childhood by <i>Microsporum spp</i>: a case report

  • Flávia Regina Ferreira Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
  • Nilton Gioia di Chiacchio Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
  • Juliana Chaib Ferreira Jorge Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
  • Priscila Pacheco Lessa Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
  • Livia Mendes Sabia Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Keywords: ONYCHOMYCOSIS, NAILS, CHILD, MICROSPORUM

Abstract

AIMS: To describe a case of onychomycosis in a child and to alert to the importance of clinical suspicion and an appropriate mycological search. CASE DESCRIPTION: A boy 1 year and 8 months old, previously healthy, had toenail changes for six months. Dermatological examination disclosed hyperkeratosis and discolouration of the nails of the toes, and erythematous, scaly lesions in the interdigital folds. Direct mycological examination and fungal culture were performed and identified a dermatophyte fungus, Microsporum spp. The patient was treated with terbinafine with complete resolution of the condition. CONCLUSIONS: Onychomycosis is the most prevalent disease of the nails, but its occurrence in childhood is uncommon, and the fungus of the genus Microsporum as a causal agent is also rare.

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Author Biographies

Flávia Regina Ferreira, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Dtualmente é professor assistente I da Universidade de Taubaté. Tem experiência na área de Medicina, com ênfase em Dermatologia, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: Dermatologia Pediátrica e Oncologia Cutânea.
Nilton Gioia di Chiacchio, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Dermatologia
Juliana Chaib Ferreira Jorge, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Dermatologia
Priscila Pacheco Lessa, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Dermatologia
Livia Mendes Sabia, Hospital Universitário de Taubaté - HUT/UNITAU
Dermatologia
Published
2013-10-19
How to Cite
Ferreira, F. R., di Chiacchio, N. G., Ferreira Jorge, J. C., Lessa, P. P., & Sabia, L. M. (2013). Onychomycosis in childhood by <i>Microsporum spp</i>: a case report. Scientia Medica, 23(3), 184-186. Retrieved from https://revistaseletronicas.pucrs.br/ojs/index.php/scientiamedica/article/view/13577
Section
Case Reports