Superficial Mycoses

  • Marc E. Grossman
  • Lindy P. Fox
  • Carrie Kovarik
  • Misha Rosenbach


Dermatophyte infections are superficial fungal infections of the hair, nails, and typically the stratum corneum of the skin. Causative organisms include fungi in the Trichophyton, Micros porum, or Epidermophyton groups. The dermatophytes typically do not invade living tissue. Subcutaneous and systemic involvements are rare. However, in immunosuppressed patients, such as transplant patients, patients on chemotherapy or other immuno suppressive medications, or patients with compromised immunity due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, these fungi can become invasive. Trichophyton rubrum is the most common dermatophyte isolated.


Acne Rosacea Tinea Capitis Tinea Pedis Seborrheic Dermatitis Trichophyton Rubrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc E. Grossman
    • 1
  • Lindy P. Fox
    • 2
  • Carrie Kovarik
    • 3
  • Misha Rosenbach
    • 4
  1. 1.New York Presbyterian HospitalColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Dermatopathology, and Infectious DiseasesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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