, Volume 172, Issue 6, pp 481–486 | Cite as

Extensive White Piedra of the Scalp Caused by Trichosporon inkin: A Case Report and Review of Literature

  • M. R. Shivaprakash
  • Gagandeep Singh
  • Prerna Gupta
  • Manpreet Dhaliwal
  • A. J. Kanwar
  • A. Chakrabarti


Trichosporon species cause wide varieties of fungal infections. White piedra, a superficial fungal infection on the hair shaft, is caused by Trichosporon species. We report here a case of white piedra over the scalp due to T. inkin, a rarely isolated pathogen from such a lesion. The identification of the fungus was confirmed on the basis of morphology, carbohydrate assimilation tests, and sequencing of the ITS region of rDNA. The available literature on infections due to T. inkin is also reviewed.


Trichosporon inkin White piedra Superficial mycoses Scalp infection Antifungal susceptibility 



The authors would like to thank Mrs. Sunita Gupta for her excellent technical support and Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India, for their support in purchasing the sequencer for the Centre of Advance Research in Medical Mycology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Shivaprakash
    • 1
  • Gagandeep Singh
    • 1
  • Prerna Gupta
    • 1
  • Manpreet Dhaliwal
    • 1
  • A. J. Kanwar
    • 2
  • A. Chakrabarti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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