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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 75  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 293--295

Two cases of scalp white piedra caused by Trichosporon ovoides


1 Department of Dermatology , Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion Mumbai - 400 022, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion Mumbai - 400 022, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.51256

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White piedra is a superficial fungal infection of the hair shaft, caused by Trichosporon beigelii . We report two cases of white piedra presenting as brown palpable nodules along the hair shaft with a fragility of scalp hairs. T. beigelii was demonstrated in hair culture of both the patients and T. ovoides as a species was confirmed on carbohydrate assimilation test. The first patient responded to oral itraconazole and topical ketoconazole, with a decrease in the palpability of nodules and fragility of scalp hairs at the end of two months.






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