Korean J Med Mycol.  1997 Dec;2(2):101-109.

Clinicohistopathologic Findings and Their Differential Diagnoses of Pathogenic Fungal Infections of Cutaneoua Deep Mycoses

  • 1University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Department of Dermatology Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


The awareness of classification and differential diagnosis of deep mycoses, particularly systemic infections due to pathogenic fungal infections, is essential for the early detection on and appropriate therapy. These systemic pathogenic fungal infections such as histoplasmosis, African histoplasmosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, blastomycosis, are usually endemic in limited areas of continents of America, and Africa. A newly recognized penicilliosis due to Penicillium marneffei, a dimorphic fungus, used to be endemic in Southeast Asia, is now world-wide new threat because the increased numbers of cases have been reported in Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Because of the increased international visitors to the endemic areas and a significant enlargement of the populations existing in immunocompromized state, thus susceptible to systemic mycoses, we, the primary care physicians should be on the alert for the clinicopathologic aspects of the systemic mycoses to make a diagnosis early enough to institute effective therapy.


Deep mycoses; Pathogenic fungal infections; Differential diagnosis
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