Title: Epidemiology of dermatophytoses in pediatric population in the region of Wrocław in years 2004-2008
- Alina Jankowska-Konsur, Anita Hryncewicz-Gwóźdź, Ewa Plomer-Niezgoda, Eugeniusz Baran
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- Medical Mycology
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- epidemiology, dermatophytes, children, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum canis
Introduction: Dermatophytoses are less common in children than in adults, however, they create an important clinical, therapeutic and etiological problem.
The aim of the study: The aim of the study was to analyze dermatophytic infections in the pediatric poopulation in Lower Silesia.
Material and methods:Inyears 2004-2008 in the Mycology Laboratory in Department ofDermatology,Venereology and Allergology, University of Medicine, Wrocław, 128 patients, aged 0-18, with dermatophytosis were observed. The infection was assessed in clinically suspected lesions, and confirmed by direct microscopy and positive culture. Results: The most frequently isolated pathogen was Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. granulosum (37%) and Trichophyton rubrum (28%).The most common localization was glabrous skin (56.3%), scalp (14.8%), and feet(14%).The peakoftinea capitis was seenin children aged 3-6. Feet infections, as well as onychomycosis were observed mostly in the oldest group of children (16-18 years). Dermatophytoses were uncommon in theyoungest children (0-2 years).
Conclusions:There are differences in localization, and partially in the etiological agents of dermatophytoses between pediatric and adult population. Localization of the dermatophytic infection varies also with age of the investigated children.