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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 382-383

Tinea versicolor localized to dorsal surface of hands and feet - A rare presentation in childhood

Puneet Bhargava, CM Kuldeep, NK Mathur 

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Puneet Bhargava

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Bhargava P, Kuldeep C M, Mathur N K. Tinea versicolor localized to dorsal surface of hands and feet - A rare presentation in childhood.Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1997;63:382-383

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Bhargava P, Kuldeep C M, Mathur N K. Tinea versicolor localized to dorsal surface of hands and feet - A rare presentation in childhood. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1997 [cited 2020 Nov 24 ];63:382-383
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To the Editor

Tinea versicolor is a chronic superficial mycosis caused by Malassezia furfur, a lipo­philic yeast which is a saprophyte of the nor­mal skin in 92% of people. [1] Factors respon­sible for the overgrowth of the yeast and conversion to a predominantly parasitic mycelial morphology associated with clini­cal disease are a warm and humid environ­ment, genetically inherited predisposition, occurrence near puberty, immunosuppression, malnutrition, preg­nancy, Cushing's disease, use of oral contra­ceptives, excessive oily skin and hyperhidrosis [2],[3]

Recently a 6-year-old healthy male child was referred to us with asymptomatic hypopigmented scaly macules of 3 weeks duration, symmetrically placed over dorsal surface of hands and feet. Relevant family history was negative. General physical and systemic examination revealed no other ab­normalities. KOH mount with methylene blue stain from the lesions showed typical "meatball and spaghetti" appearance of yeast and hyphae while other laboratory investi­gations showed no evidence of immunosup­pression.

Patient was treated with twice daily local application of ciclopiroxolamine solution which provided clinical and mycological cure in 4 weeks.

The observations in this child have left many unanswered questions regarding pathogen­esis of tinea versicolor. It is interesting to note that sebaceous glands are only sparsely lo­cated on the dorsal surface of hands and feet. [4] Also sebaceous activity is at its minimum in early childhood. [4] Absence of family history in this child excludes a genetic predisposi­tion for tinea versicolor. This child also showed no evidence of malnutrition or non­specific immunosuppression. These observa­tions suggest that there may be other factors in the pathogenesis of tinea versicolor which have to be looked for.


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